Tim Arango, of the Times, has a great piece in today’s edition that covers an initiative within Time Warner to “recover the company’s story — and a good chunk of American cultural history as well — by excavating the contents of nearly 100,000 boxes from warehouses around the globe, whose accumulated photographs and other memorabilia track popular music from the Edwardian and Victorian ages to disco and jazz, fromto .”
Though Arango points out the intrigue associated with 19th century letters and artifacts, the real catch — for collectors, curators and investors — are the rock and jazz photographs from the ’60s and ’70s, a time when a much greater emphasis was placed on quality photography and design to market musical artists. And, to a large degree, how something as simple as the format of the record — vinyl providing a much larger canvas for artists and photographers — drove that emphasis.
As has been widely reported, the last few years have seen a significant surge in vinyl sales despite the record industry’s atrophying in the digital age. Perhaps the upswing will bleed into a more artful resurgence on the popular stage, as well?
(Photo Credit: Bob Butler)