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Thursday 26 October at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap


The Long-Player Goodbye
The Long-Player Goodbye is
published in paperback by Sceptre.

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Travis Elborough

Travis Elborough
The Vinyl Countdown

We are delighted to welcome Travis Elborough back to The Wanstead Tap to give a talk with records, based on his book The Long-Player Goodbye

In 1948 an invention was launched that was to change the world forever – the long-playing vinyl record, the LP. Before then music came on 78s which were restricted to four minutes of scratchy sound per side. Artists suddenly had over 40 minutes to play with. The listener was able to kick back with the sleeve, and possibly a large martini in hand, and listen with uninterrupted pleasure.

Join Travis Elborough, author of The Long-Player Goodbye, as he explains how artists and record companies responded to vinyl records and charts their life and times, with the aid of a few discs from his own collection. The book inspired the BBC Four documentary When Albums Ruled the World, in which Travis Elborough also appeared.

Travis Elborough has been a London-based freelance writer, author and cultural commentator for more than a decade now. His books include The Bus We Loved, a history of the Routemaster bus; Wish You Were Here, a survey of the British beside the seaside and A Walk in the Park, which was the subject of his talk at The Wanstead Tap in July 2016.

“Elborough has the passion of a true enthusiast… But he’s also an indefatigable researcher, who has somehow seen a clear path through the vast amount of material he has accumulated to write a book that reads not only easily and well but wholly coherently… I’d like to think the long-player has a little life in it yet. Anyone who agrees will relish this richly enjoyable book.” – Marcus Berkmann, Mail on Sunday