Self Made Record


We are joined by oral historian and broadcaster Alan Dein.

We discuss the history, culture and technology of the coin operated machines that allowed ordinary people to make a record of themselves in the West - and, in adapted bootlegged form, to create records of forbidden music in the Soviet Union - all long before the advent of tape or digital recording.

We hear a selection of extraordinary recordings of strange and moving sounds from Alan’s collection, how the records were used to send messages home from the war, record visits to tourist destinations and to capture the sounds of loved ones in a way that was impossible before.