MARSHALL MCLUHAN – “The Medium Is the Massage CD” reissue



Title: The Medium Is The Massage
Format: CD
Price: $19.00
Catalog #: FDW 7711CD

When Marshall McLuhan proposed his idea to create an audio companion piece to his landmark 1967 book The Medium is the Massage, no one quite knew what to expect. The book itself brilliantly captured McLuhan’s theories on media and technology, arguing that the medium by which information is transferred to people was more important than the actual content being relayed. McLuhan hoped that an audio recording would help give greater depth to his theories, and in the late 1960s, he and producer John Simon went to work on a record of the same name. Using audio clips of McLuhan speaking, often interrupted by discordant sounds and other voices interjecting, they created a thought-provoking, sometimes whimsical patchwork of sounds and ideas that illustrated the complex relationship between people, media and technology. Over 40 years since its release, The Medium is the Massage continues to challenge listeners to think about media and communications in new ways. Five Day Weekend is proud to present the definitive compact disc edition of this rare and important album. Included in the gatefold paste-on package is a 40 page book featuring original essays by DJ Spooky and Michael Vasquez, a reproduction of a print by Winston Smith and a collection of previously unpublished photos from the original records sessions.”

Part 1 of the classic, innovative and prophetic 33″ vinyl production and audio version of the book produced by John Simon and released on CBS Records in 1967.

3 Responses to “MARSHALL MCLUHAN – “The Medium Is the Massage CD” reissue”

  1. I started reading the Guttenberg Galaxy. Fascinating stuff.


  2. My father made a reel-to-reel audio recording of a friend’s LP copy of this album in the late 1960s and played it many times when I was 8, 9, 10 years old, so I can still hear many of the lines and voices from it in my head, including the parrot (or a person imitating one) swiftly repeating the name of the book/record and its author.


  1. 1 The Effect of Media to Massage the Sensorium

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