The cassette generation
It's confession time: I am from the cassette generation, although only just. My best friend in very early childhood was an old electric Bush gramophone with a lift-up lid and built-in speaker, capable of playing at all three speeds featured in my parents' record collection: 45 rpm ( Have You Ever Seen The Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival), 33 rpm (complete Beethoven symphonies, each disc with a differently coloured centre, like a box of musical chocolates), and 78 rpm ( Tubby the Tuba and other vintage gems of my father's). By the time it mattered, in other words when I was old enough to buy my own music, everyone was...
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