Long Players: Writers on the Albums That Shaped Them


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Bloomsbury Publishing
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5.5 X 8.8 X 0.75 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author

Tom Gatti is deputy editor of the New Statesman, where Long Players began life as a feature. He joined the magazinein 2013 as culture editor; before that he was Saturday Review editor at The Times of London, where he also wrote book reviews, features and interviews. From 1995 to the present, he has listened to Radiohead's The Bends more times than is strictly necessary.


"[A] collection of writers' love letters to their most treasured albums ... Headphones are donned, needles are dropped, minds are blown, lives are changed" --Observer

"A richly textured snapshot survey of artists on art ... At their best the pieces reveal something useful about the writer, the music, the world at large and the world at that moment" --Guardian

"Tom Gatti's brilliantly edited collection offers a captivating mix of memoir and music writing ... Long Players is informative and entertaining ... Like a book equivalent of Desert Island Discs, the joy is in discovering what celebrated authors choose as their favourite music. The answers are considered, colourful and frequently surprising" --Irish Times

"Great writing about great records. What more could you possibly want?" --Paul Morley

"[Tom Gatti's] insightful introduction to this subsequent collection of essays takes us on a brisk walk through the history of recorded music formats in the 20th and early 21st centuries, from the gramophone to streaming, then rewinds back to the vinyl LP." --360degreesound.com

"Music lovers will want to put this on repeat." --Publishers Weekly