RECORD STORE TALES #945: Spinning Vinyl ’75
If there was ever a photo that prophesized the future, I have found it. Taken in late 1975, there I am listening to a record with a big pair of headphones on. I was merely three, but look at the smile on my face. And the clothes…am I wearing shoes in the house?
Behind me, the original family stereo. Every family in the neighbourhood had one. Ours had an 8-track player and a turntable. You can tell I’m playing a record, and not a tape, because the cover is off the turntable. The big clunky headphones didn’t fit my head, but they would later. Because this system had an 8-track deck, it also came with two microphones.
Oh my God I just realized my mom put a plant on top of the stereo!
Since this is before Star Wars, I probably wasn’t listening to music. I only remember owning two records. One was a Lone Ranger story record, and the other was The Flintstones. But they came out after this picture was taken. If this photo had been taken in the Instagram era, the cover would be prominently displayed behind me. Sadly we’ll never know what I was listening to.