The Vinyl Frontier: The Story of the Voyager Golden Record

The Vinyl Frontier: The Story of the Voyager Golden Record

by Jonathan Scott

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Overview

The fascinating story behind the mission, music, and message of NASA's Voyager Golden Record—humanity's message to the stars.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472956132
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/21/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 246,634
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Scott is a writer, record collector and astronomy geek. He received his first telescope aged eight, using it to track Halley's Comet in 1986. Having followed Voyager's planetary fly-bys throughout his childhood, he first got to write about the missions in 2004.

Jonathan has written for Record Collector magazine, edited books about Prince, Cher and the San Francisco psych explosion, and penned articles on Nirvana, the Pogues, the Venga Boys, Sir Patrick Moore and Sir Isaac Newton in a variety of magazines. If he'd been in charge of the Voyager Golden Record, aliens would assume humanity had three chords.

@thejonoscott

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Jill-Elizabeth_dot_com More than 1 year ago
Fascinating!! Like apparently many Americans, I had no idea the golden record was sent into space. How sad is that? Especially since I was alive when it happened... I was born in 1973. Granted, I was very young in 1977, but I was still alive during major chunks of the space exploration., yet never heard a word about this. The concept of reaching out throughout time and space is fascinating, as is Carl Sagan himself, as were the discussions over what to include and how to send it. The personalities, the science, and the humanity behind it all were incredibly interesting. The writing is a delightful blend of fact and snarky little side notes and fun facts. Reading it was like talking to your best friend from grade school. You know the one - his glasses might have never stayed on his nose, but he always knew everything about everything... I found the footnotes distracting only because of the translation of the document to my Kindle, otherwise the information they provided helped clarify a lot of things for me. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring this pocket of space and time. And how cool would it be if in the remainder of my lifetime somebody actually responded?? :-) NB - I don't know if it was my digital copy or what, but it seemed as though the continuity was off in a number of sections, skipping between references to the audio and visual portions of the record. They didn't jive with the chapter headings and felt like abrupt skips back and forth rather than intentional transitions. If this was just my digital copy somehow, no big deal. But if the book does in fact skip back and forth in such a fashion, it is a little confusing to go from a chronological description of the pictures to suddenly read about music to suddenly read about pictures again... My review copy was provided via NetGalley.
Sunshine1006 More than 1 year ago
I was trying to think where I was in 1977. What songs were playing and what I was doing? During this time that wasn't important enough for me to remember, some of the greatest minds such as Carl Sagan and note worthy musicians were working on history. Imagine what it took for someone to come up with this idea and make it happen? NASA allowing this to be sent on the Voyager probe for future races including our own is amazing. Many of the musicians that were interviewed for this masterpiece of musical history are included as well as a variety of music from all over the world. Many things were placed as this the play list of the music, pictures and even a message of peace from President Jimmy Carter. Although some of the music may be considered outdated, it is still part of the world then. I cannot even imagine this being found after so many decades or centuries. Such a great book and there are many whom I will recommend this book. I received this book from Net Galley and the Publisher for a honest review. I voluntarily read this book.
Sunshine1006 More than 1 year ago
I was trying to think where I was in 1977. What songs were playing and what I was doing? During this time that wasn't important enough for me to remember, some of the greatest minds such as Carl Sagan and note worthy musicians were working on history. Imagine what it took for someone to come up with this idea and make it happen? NASA allowing this to be sent on the Voyager probe for future races including our own is amazing. Many of the musicians that were interviewed for this masterpiece of musical history are included as well as a variety of music from all over the world. Many things were placed as this the play list of the music, pictures and even a message of peace from President Jimmy Carter. Although some of the music may be considered outdated, it is still part of the world then. I cannot even imagine this being found after so many decades or centuries. Such a great book and there are many whom I will recommend this book. I received this book from Net Galley and the Publisher for a honest review. I voluntarily read this book.