Members Only: Inside the resurrection of the vinyl subscription club

Murray Stassen

Mail order record clubs used to be big business. The most famous (or infamous) of them all was Columbia House, which started out in 1955 as a direct to consumer division of Columbia Records, called the Columbia Record Club.

The concept became so popular that, by 1963, records purchased through the service reportedly accounted for 10% of all US recorded music sales and, by 1975, it boasted 3 million members.

While nowhere near the 7m records sold through the Columbia ...

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