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We are a creative team and have been writing about vinyl, among other topics, for over 20 years. Our work has appeared in a wide range of publications from Cool and Strange Music to the World Financial Review. Having collected records over several decades, our enthusiasm for modern design, backyard barbecues, and travel abroad found expression in our new book, Designed for Hi-Fi Living: The Vinyl LP in Midcentury America. We live in Rochester, New York.
Janet Borgerson – When I was young, my dad brought me copies of the new Monkees vinyl LPs, and then Rubber Soul by The Beatles and since then, I have never been without records. I divide my time between Michigan, New York, and England. I write mostly about consumer culture, aesthetics, and identity.
I studied philosophy, economics, and writing at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, completing postdoctoral work at Brown University. Early on, a writing fellowship from the Cranbrook Institute gave me a taste of living with modern design. I am a Visiting Fellow at City, University of London and served as a Trustee at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester NY. My writing often draws on my background in art history, film studies, and branding.
Jonathan Schroeder – I was born in Michigan, and have lived in California, Rhode Island, Sweden, England, and New York. I write primarily about brands, design, photography and visual culture. The first LP I remember buying is the Shaft soundtrack album, released on the Enterprise label in 1971.
I studied perception, music, and psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and received a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California-Berkeley. Currently, I am the William A. Kern Professor in the School of Communication, Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, and was a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics for 2016-2017. I have published widely on branding, identity, photography, visual communication. I am a trustee of the George Eastman Museum in Rochester.