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Essential Wax with Jennifer Otter Bickerdike

Jeffrey Smith for Discogs

Dr. Jennifer Otter Bickerdike is a familiar name in the world of pop culture and more importantly, Jennifer is enthralled by vinyl. In her new book ‘Why Vinyl Matters‘, Jennifer interviews hip-hop stars, indie legends, DJs, producers, album cover designers, photographers, label founders and record store owners. Each diving into their own experience with the vinyl format and the importance of its re-emergence as a physical format in the era of the digital economy.

An Interview with Jennifer Otter Bickerdike

June 4, 2019 

Jamie Parmenter for

Vinyl Chapters

Vinyl Chapters speaks to author, audiophile and academic, Jennifer Otter Bickerdike about her career, records, and what got her into music in the first place.

For some people, music really is life. Jennifer Otter Bickerdike is one of those people. From her early days working at record labels to becoming an academic in the industry, she then went on to publish a number of books based around music, fan culture, and more recently, vinyl. Her book, Why Vinyl Matters, looks into peoples love for, and the resurgence of the format by speaking to some of her favourite musicians and record industry stalwarts, leading to a fascinating read for any vinyl lovers. We recently spoke to Jennifer about starting out in the music industry, what vinyl means to her, and what she thinks of music streaming culture.

'Santa Cruz Native Jen Otter Bickerdike On ‘Why Vinyl Matters’

9 Apr 2019

Wallace Baine for

Santa Cruz Good Times

UK transplant and author cherishes hometown that shaped music taste

Book Review: Why Vinyl Matters by Jennifer Otter Bickerdike

29 Jan 2018

Paul Clark for

Northern Soul

As an enthusiastic crate digger, I thought I didn’t need to be told why vinyl matters. But when presented with this fine-looking and lovingly compiled book, I was happy to read the arguments put forward.


3 October 2017

Sarah Lay for

God is in the TV

Dr Jennifer Otter Bickerdike’s latest book, Why Vinyl Matters: A Manifesto From Musicians And Fans, is much more than a collection of interviews with artists, labels, and industry folk about the format as it is a love letter to records and the culture and community around them. Talking to vinyl aficionados including Tim Burgess, Henry Rollins, Simon Raymonde, and Portia Sabine the book captures the enduring love of the format each of them has, but also the resurgence of vinyl and the changes as well as the consistency of the culture around it.