November 27, 2023
“Let me make you a mixtape.” Besides starting numerous romances, cassette tapes played an important role in the spread of music like hip hop, punk, and heavy metal. Cassettes were “personal, amateur, and subjective” and revolutionary. Cassette recordings today are far from a forgotten technology and aficionados are still making and selling mixtapes. Tonight on Inquiry we talk with music journalist MARC MASTERS about his new book: HIGH BIAS: THE DISTORTED HISTORY OF THE CASSETTE TAPE.