The Language of Vinyl

Record Industry Terms and Phrases of the Golden Era


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About the Book

Ever hear of a butt splice? A cover? An iron mother? A biscuit? These were terms used in the heyday of vinyl records, from 1949 to the mid-1980s. This colorful and almost forgotten language was once used by record producers, label owners, disc jockeys, jukebox operators, record distributors, and others in the music industry. Their language is collected in this dictionary. Each entry offers both an explanation of a term’s meaning as well as its context and use in the history of the record business.

About the Author(s)

Randy McNutt is a freelance writer and record producer in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Bibliographic Details

Randy McNutt
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 271
Bibliographic Info: 20 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8572-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4365-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface  1
The Dictionary  5
Bibliography  249
Index  255

Book Reviews & Awards

“Entertaining and useful…I expect I will turn to this well-done volume with some frequency to better understand the subtleties of industry jargon and trends in past decades, and also to provide a more complete historical understanding of the world of recordings as they developed across that last century.”—Association for Recorded Sound Collections Journal