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Jack White Goes On Record With His Love of Vinyl, Via Record-Pressing Booth

Want to record a song on vinyl, but have no access to the studios and factories that would ordinarily be required to do so? Jack White’s got your back.

Although he never literally poured his own blood into it the way The Flaming Lips’s Wayne Coyne once did, Jack White has a deep love for vinyl. Even before he created the world’s first triple-decker record in 2010, White wore his fandom of antiquated music outlets on his sleeve. Now, he’s letting like-minded fans do the same.

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The former White Stripes frontman’s Nashville-based Third Man Records store recently acquired a refurbished 1947 Voice-O-Graph machine in its Novelties Lounge. Anyone visiting the store who can carry a tune will now have the opportunity to immediately press their music onto vinyl and walk out with a nifty souvenir. The booth’s machine stores up to two minutes of audio on a 6-inch record, and anyone who records inside it can also submit the results for streaming on a special part of the Third Man website.



As Brendan Benson, White’s cohort in side band The Raconteurs, demonstrates in the video above, users drop coins into a slot and wait for a signal to begin recording. Subsequent flashing lights announce when there are 30 seconds, and then 10 seconds left to record. Later, the 45 RPM record emerges, photo booth-style. Users have the option of dropping it into a prepaid postage envelope and sending it out to perhaps the person for whom the song was recorded.

One expects many a marriage proposal will be made in this booth by roots-rock-loving romantics for years to come.

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