SIDMOUTH SCIENCE FESTIVAL: THE VINYL FRONTIER

SIDMOUTH SCIENCE FESTIVAL: THE VINYL FRONTIER

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Join us for a free event at Kennaway House as part of the Sidmouth Science Festival. Jonathan Scott will be discussing his latest book The Vinyl Frontier.

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Forty years ago, a group of scientists, artists and writers gathered in a house in Ithaca, New York to work on the most important compilation ever conceived. It wasn't from one person to another, it was from Earth to the Cosmos.

The Vinyl Frontier tells the story of NASA's interstellar mix-tape, from first phone call to final launch, when Voyager 1 and 2 left our planet bearing their hopeful message from the Summer of '77 to a distant future.

Jonathan Scott is a music writer and self confessed astronomy geek.

Formerly a contributing editor to Record Collector magazine, he has edited books about Prince, Cher and the San Francisco psych explosion, and written about Nirvana, the Pogues, the Venga Boys, Sir Patrick Moore and Sir Isaac Newton in a variety of magazines.

He received his first telescope aged eight, using it to track Halley's Comet in 1986. Having followed Voyager's planetary fly-bys throughout his childhood, he first got to write about the missions in 2004. If he'd been in charge of the Voyager Golden Record, aliens would assume humanity had three chords.

For more information please check out the Science Festival website here: https://sidmouthsciencefestival.org/events/vinyl-frontier

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