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Jack White’s Third Man Records To Play A Record In Space



Hurry up it’s coming up fast! On July 30th, Jack White’s label Third Man Records will attempt to play the first phonographic record in space in celebration of its 7th anniversary. And for the occasion, they have appropriately chosen Carl Sagan’s ‘A Glorious Dawn’, described as ‘a moving arrangement of Sagan’s sagacious words culled from his magnificent Cosmos series, previously pressed and distributed as a 7” in their first year of operation, 2009.’

The record will be played using the Icarus Craft, ‘a custom-built ‘space-proof’ turntable attached to a high-altitude balloon designed by Kevin Carrico’ with the help of SATINS (Students and Teachers in Near Space). May be the record was chosen because of its obvious space-theme, or may be it was chosen because it was the label’s three millionth record pressed.

If you live in Nashville or in Cass Corridor, you can attend the launch parties, ‘where the viewing of the mission, as well as live bands (Soledad Brothers in Nashville, Carjack and Rogue Satellites in Detroit), exclusive, commemorative merchandise, and limited edition, 12” gold vinyl copies of the 3 millionth pressing, ‘A Glorious Dawn’ will be available for purchase, as well as a few other limited, exclusive LP offerings’

Kevin Carrico will be answering your questions at the Detroit location, and the gold-plated record ‘A Glorious Dawn’, will be displayed at the Nashville location. If you can’t go you can always stream the whole thing online at Third Man Records, but you have to be present in person to buy stuff. In other words, it’s a good selling op for Third Man Records, as a limited number of Stellar Tickets are on sale for $75,.. which is not cheap, but gets you a gold vinyl version of Sagan’s ‘A Glorious Dawn’, a poster, a button, a sticker, a postcard, a label pin if you are going to Nashville, whereas it’s a bit different at the Detroit location. There are cheaper alternatives if you don’t want to buy the merch, so go to Third Man Records website for all the details.

‘Third Man Records is over-the-moon with excitement to pursue and share with you the ICARUS CRAFT’s mission to spin a record further from Earth than a record has ever been spun’ you can read on TMR’s website. I don’t see where is the excitement, what are all these attendees going to see and hear? What’s the point? You can buy Carl Sagan’s ‘A Glorious Dawn’ for $6.99 on eBay, and the rest seems quite overpriced. Is it another of these Jack White’s eccentricities? If Jack White himself was going to play inside the Icarus Craft in space, that would be another story!

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