Comment 76199

By Kiely (registered) | Posted April 24, 2012 at 16:00:28

...tell too many people and it ceases to be cool.

Indeed, Miles hailed the "Birth of the Cool" and the internet has paved the way for the death of cool.

"Check out this blog link someone sent me" just doesn't have the same level of cool that "Checkout this wicked old LP I found in some crate at my favourite record shop" does. The ease and banality of discovery has tainted the coolness factor.

I still remember finding Lou Reed's "Take no Prisoners Live" double gatefold LP, Funkadelic's seminal Funk-Rock album "Maggot Brain" and Hawkwind's one of a kind "Space Ritual" while digging through stacks at record stores, all very rare and difficult to find LPs at the time. Playing them for my friends and listening to the albums they had dug up and swapping tapes of rare and forgotten records, that's what was cool about it all. The environmental, physical and social interaction of it. You will not get anywhere near the same experience from all the music download websites and "listeners also bought" lists in the world.

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