Cassette Cultures

The Past and Present of a Musical Icon

John Z. Komurki


19.90 €

About the book


  • ISBN: 978-3-7165-1848-9
  • Pages: 176
  • Binding: Softcover
  • Published: 6/2019
  • Illustrations: 280 illustrations
  • Dimensions: 16 x 21 cm

The Ultimate Guide to the “Tapenaissance”

All over the world, new generations are rediscovering tape’s unique power and potential – Kylie Minogue’s latest album and Guardians of the Galaxy are just the tip of the iceberg. Covering the past, present and future of the compact cassette as an icon of popular culture, this book is about more than hipster nostalgia or analogue fetishism – it is a celebration of how the cassette holds a special place in the contemporary media sphere, an antidote to soulless digital formats.
It covers topics ranging from the cassette’s invention, its components and design, to recording, bootlegging, and revolutionary devices such as the boombox and the Walkman. Additionally, interviews with international tape labels and pioneers explore the resurgence of the cassette tape as a means of sonic experimentation and social experience away from the mainstream.


John Z. Komurki

John Z. Komurki, currently living in Berlin, writes about analog technology and print cultures.

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