On sale now! Issue 8 of Long Live Vinyl tells the tale of Vinyl’s Lost Years, between 1990 and 2007, when the format nearly spiralled out of existence. We speak to expert collectors from Britpop, trip-hop and alt-rock’s heyday and round up 20 essential valuable hidden gems from the era to add to your collection…

Long Live Vinyl issue 8Elsewhere, we speak to The National after the Ohio indie-rockers secured their first No.1 album with the sonically adventurous Sleep Well Beast and hear from Hiss Golden Messenger’s MC Taylor about his new record, Hallelujah Anyhow.

Giacomo Lee takes us on a fascinating journey into the resurgent world of Japanese vinyl, we recommend 40 Essential country albums and celebrate the 25th anniversary of our Classic Album, R.E.M.’s sublime Automatic For The People. We also report from Record Store Day Summer Camp in New Orleans, where the brightest minds in the industry met to discuss next year’s event, and take an in-depth look at the new Smiths Queen Is Dead 5-disc boxset.

If that’s not enough, The Trip tackles the vinyl treasure troves of Shoreditch and Hoxton, there’s our expert buyer’s guide to cartridges, the latest instalment of our Hi-Fi DIY series and a comprehensive range of album and reissue reviews.

Pick up Long Live Vinyl today in the UK, on sale for £6.99 at WHSmith, Tesco, Waitrose, Asda, Easons and selected independent newsagents and record shops, or find it online here.

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