The Turntable Revolution

Colleen Murphy

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How the turntable not only invented the music business, but also changed our lives. With special guest world champion scratch DJ Prime Cuts.

Colleen Murphy and Richard Ranft track the groovy story of the evolution of the record player, from Edison’s phonograph and Berliner’s Gramophone through to the portable Dansette, DJ culture and the weird and wonderful world of audiophile high-end turntables such as the Rega RP8. The event showcases some of the technology that has developed through this long history and ends with a live scratch-mix demonstration by DJ Prime Cuts.

Colleen also recounts the impact the turntable has had upon our lives from wartime trenches to the teenage revolution, through to the turntable as an instrument and an instigator of social change. 

As a younger generation becomes enchanted with the vinyl record and as older record buyers who had chucked away their CDs now repurchase their favourite albums, it seems ‘vinyl’ is the word on every music fan’s lips. But without the turntable, there would be no records, and without records, the world of music as we know it would be a very different place.

Colleen Murphy is the founder of Classic Album Sundays, international vinyl DJ as DJ Cosmo and radio host. She wrote and presented Turntable Tales for BBC Radio 4.

Richard Ranft is Head Of Sound And Vision at the British Library.

DJ Prime Cuts is a member of The Scratch Perverts turntablist collective, formed in London in 1996.  He is two times World ITF Scratching Champion and a two times World DMC team Champion.

With the kind support of Dansette Products Ltd and Rega.

Part of a Season of Sound, celebrating the Library’s sound archive. Audio installation supplied by Bowers & Wilkins.


Name: The Turntable Revolution
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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When: -
Price: Full Price: £10.00
Member: £10.00
Senior 60+: £8.00
Student: £7.00
Registered Unemployed: £7.00
Under 18: £7.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546

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