CD’s are on the verge of becoming just another obsolete music format as MP3’s take over the world. And yet vinyl and even cassettes are making a comeback with college kids and hipsters everywhere. So can a resurgence of the eight track be far behind? Well, yes, that seems very unlikely. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of people out there who miss the big clunky plastic cartridges that ca-chunked in the middle of your favorite songs.
Among our favorite eight tracks from our childhood were Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops Play The Beatles and the soundtracks to The Sting and A Chorus Line. The ‘70s at their finest. And we’re not the only ones who remember the format fondly. Dallas local James "Bucks" Burnett digs eight tracks so much, has even opened a museum in their honor. The grand opening occurred on February 14 and included a singing party with the Tom Tom Club.
If you’re sad you can’t stop by the museum sometime soon, don’t sweat it. You can subscribe to the Eight Track Museum newsletter for free. Just email your name, email address, city and state to email@example.com. Or if you think your passion for the format is going to linger, become a lifetime member for just $30.
And needless to say, if you clean out your father’s attic and stumble upon a box of rare specimens, do music lovers and Bucks a favor and send them off to the museum at 3100 Main Street #414, Dallas, Texas, 75226. They don’t just want your eight tracks — posters, albums, music magazines are all of interest to them. Your donations won’t be tax deductible because ETM is not yet registered as a charity, but do it for the good of posterity.
Visit the Eight Track Museum at 2630 E. Commerce in Dallas, Texas, read more about Burnett’s mission in this Wall Street Journal interview and check out Bucks’ eight track tour in the video below.
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