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AllyF and the vinyl optimists

By Tom Nuttall  

In the second in an occasional series (read the first here) in which First Drafts brings your attention to stellar comments in the blogosphere that may otherwise fall under your radar, do read this delightful response from one “AllyF” to a well-intentioned but dreary post on the Guardian‘s Comment is Free site, in which one Will Hodgkinson attempts to extrapolate from news of a recent uptick in sales of 7″ singles evidence of a great vinyl comeback—a record is “a gilded chalice holding the holy water of music,” and so on. Shining like a crazy diamond through the murky hi-fi…

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