One year after the worldwide sale of gramophone records exceeded the sale of compact discs (CDs) for the first time in three and a half decades, a gramophone fair was held in Podgorica, which gathered collectors and lovers of gramophone records, reports Anadolija.
Along with music from vinyl, today visitors looked around and bought releases exhibited by several collectors and owners of record stores from Podgorica.
The increase in the popularity of records is accompanied by an increasing number of events that gather their fans, so today’s gathering in Podgorica is just one of a series of similar gatherings that are held in the capital of Montenegro, but also in the region.
One of the organizers of today’s gramophone fair, executive director of the non-governmental association Montenegro Records, Boris Burić, told Anatolia that the number of collectors of gramophone records is increasing every day.
“We are here to promote analog audio carriers, primarily gramophone records. We have a base of collectors in Montenegro. Compared to the period when we started, today there are five times more collectors. In this way, we contributed to the revival of this hobby. Gramophone records stopped being produced in Yugoslavia from the mid-nineties until recently. Now they are popular again, both here and in the rest of the world. All groups are racing to release their new album on record. The gramophone record has taken primacy all over the world. Since last year, it was produced and sold in more pieces than compact discs,” says Burić.
Among those gathered today, there were mostly young fans and collectors of gramophone records. As Burić points out, this is one of the goals of their organization, to include and interest especially young bands.
“Our organization aims to develop a cultural note, to encourage bands to record albums on records. We invite young bands to come up with a new release of an album together, in order to popularize Montenegrin music, as well as gramophone records,” Burić points out.
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