Shifts the focus away from the creation of music to the experience of listening to it, and to the formats that have shaped and ultimately defined that experience. From vinyl, cassette tape, CD, and MP3, each generation has had a piece of musical media to call its own– a way of listening that determines not only how and where we listen, but also the manner in which we collect, store, and share the music we love. What remains unchanged is the fundamental miracle of recorded music for the listener: the music we listen to becomes a pivotal part of who we are.

Featured Stories/Artists:


  • Frank Sinatra invents the concept album with “In the Wee Small Hours”
  • Miles Davis and Marvin Gaye use the long-playing record for new kinds of expression
  • The story of Bob Dylan’s recording of “Like a Rolling Stone”
  • The Grateful Dead and the rise of the bootleg cassette tape