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The Vinyl Frontier - Jonathan Scott

The Vinyl Frontier - Jonathan Scott

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Its one small step for man and one giant leap for the mix tape...

In 1977, a group of scientists, artists and writers gathered in a house in Ithaca, New York to compile the most important compilation ever conceived - a gift from Earth to the Cosmos.

In this compelling true story, NASA decided they would commission astronomer Carl Sagan to to make a genre hopping multi media metal LP - A 90 min mash up of music from across the globe, a sound essay of life on Earth, spoken greetings in multiple languages and more than 100 photographs and diagrams, all painstakingly chosen by Sagan and his team to create the ultimate aliens' guide to Earthlings.


The Vinyl Frontier tells the story of NASA's interstellar mix-tape, from first phone call to final launch, when Voyager 1 and 2 left our planet bearing their hopeful message from the Summer of '77 to a distant future.

Blends extraterrestrial wonder with earthbound charm and brims with poignant revelations.' Mojo

'Bursts with gloriously geeky detail.' The Telegraph

“Both a detailed history of and a thoughtful exegesis on caution-by-committee and the sometimes remarkable synergy between art and science. Crucially, Scott's narrative blends extraterrestrial wonder with earthbound charm and brims with poignant revelations. (4*)” –  Mojo

“Bursts with gloriously geeky detail. (5*)” –  The Telegraph

“Jonathan Scott is our cheerful tour guide ... and The Vinyl Frontier is our comprehensive and comprehensible itinerary.” –  LA Times

“Scott masters the technical details, often with a touch of humor.” –  The Washington Post

“The cast of characters alone is tremendous. Written in a lively, often jocular tone … The Vinyl Frontier tells the tale well” –  Science

“Created from a strange marriage of politics, bureaucracy, budget, ambition, innovation, and beauty, Scott describes a portrait of humanity that is still travelling out among the stars.” –  The Nerd Daily

“A vital addition to the library of anyone with an interest in the Voyager missions, extraterrestrial contact, or Carl Sagan.” –  Astronomy Now

“You may have heard of the Voyager Golden Record, but Scott's illuminating backstory brings a new appreciation to this simple object. It's not just a record. It's science's most thoughtful and optimistic act.” –  Amy Shira Teitel, author of Breaking the Chains of Gravity,

“An entertaining, compelling, brilliantly-researched and inspiring account of the Voyager spaceship's curious passenger, the Golden Record, and the wonderful team of dreamers who made it happen.” –  Emer Reynolds, writer and director of The Farthest

  • Hardback: 288 pages

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