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Station to Station at the Barbican: vinyl revival

Why we're falling back in love with our old records

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

Bob Bailey is an engineer who worked in EMI’s record pressing plant for more than 30 years. Since 2001, he has worked at the Vinyl Factory, an organisation that runs a record label, pressing plant, record shop and magazine. For most of this month, Bailey is manning a mobile record press at the Barbican as part of Station to Station, a collaboration between the Vinyl Factory and American multi-media artist Doug Aitken.

“It’s a manual press,” Bailey told me. “And because it’s…

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