NEW YORK (AFP) – Hitting the road with his band in a beat-up van, Sean Bohrman looked at the cassette deck and, instead of seeing an ancient relic, became inspired. He could listen to his own, and others’, albums on the cheap.
Seven years later, Bohrman helps run a label out of southern California, Burger Records, which has sold 350,000 cassettes – tiny in the universe of the music industry, but marking an unlikely mini-revival of an often-derided format whose obituary had been written in the 1990s.
“No one, least of all us, expected this to happen,” said Bohrman.
In an age where vast volumes of music can be downloaded instantly for free, vinyl has witnessed a rebirth among collectors, with LP sales soaring by one-third in the United States in 2013 alone.