Th k DEEWOODS This week DEE WOODS is reminiscing about the good old days of music EVER tried to put a jukebox in your pocket? Chances are there's one in there [insert "or are you just pleased to see me?" joke here] and it's in the form of a mobile phone - an invention that's celebrating its 40th birthday.
It was this week in 1973 that Motorola head of communications Dr Martin Cooper proved himself to be employee of the month by making the first call from a mobile.
He was talking while on the move in New York - albeit with a foot-long brick that allowed just half an hour of talk time for ten hours' of charge - a feat that would take the world by storm.
Who would have thought in April 1973, just weeks after Pink Floyd released Dark Side Of The Moon, that mobile phones would prove to be more popular than TVs? The Swiss army knife of the 21st century, nowadays making calls on your phone is a given (or an aside in some cases) while mobile internet, cameras and music storage are what it's all about.
But despite all this power in our pockets, I'm still proud to say I'm an over-the-counter music lover. There's no doubt downloading is easier and cheaper but how can you replicate the joy of cradling an album, appreciating its artwork and discovering the notes (the lyrics - bonus!) with a few clicks of a mouse? World Record Store Day brings music fans, artists and independent record stores together all for the love of music.
This year it'll be celebrated on April 20 when limited edition vinyl will be released from the likes of David Bowie, Bon Jovi and Bob Dylan.
A list of participating Irish stores can be found at www.recordstoreday.com. Check it out, if not for yourself then for the next generation - those who think music's made in a test tube and YouTube is purely for cat videos. The future of music is in your hands, not your pocket. Dee Woods is on Nova Nights from Monday to Friday, 7pm to 12am, and Sundays 12 to 2pm. Follow her on Twitter @radeeoh
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Apr 5, 2013|
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