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The Disappearing Art Of The Mixtape

The Disappearing Art Of The Mixtape

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The Disappearing Art Of The Mix Tape (BBC Radio 2 17 July 2008) 28 Mins

David Quantick celebrates the home-produced compilation cassette, a disappearing art form in an age when music can be readily downloaded.

A temporary technological blip gave rise to an art form exclusive to people who grew up in the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties – the mix tape, where all a person's character, tastes, dreams and angst could be distilled onto a cassette.

He hears about its origins and talks to compilation makers, including novelist Iain Banks and poet Simon Armitage, who select some of their favourite mix tape tracks.

A professor of medieval history recounts how he sustained a 30-year friendship by exchanging tapes every month, and Elbow's Guy Garvey explains how his sister Becky inspired his musical career with the many cassettes she compiled for him.

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