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I just love the aesthetic and sound of vinyl. The digital age is a fucker and has neutered expression

Robert Plant is an ever-evolving creative who escaped the legacy of expectation to inspire generations. As he celebrates his Digging Deep podcast with a new limited edition 7" singles boxset of solo material, Dan Biggane looks back with the former Led Zeppelin frontman

Legend is a label dished liberally when describing any musician or artist of a certain vintage. However, when attributed to someone like Robert Plant, even that expression seems a little conservative. It is telling that when people consider the former Led Zeppelin frontman, who turned 71 this August, they tend to focus on what he’s doing now or next; there’s barely a moment to revel in past glories.

This here is a gentleman who has never once taken his foot off the gas or shifted down the gears to find reverse. During an incredible five-decade-long recording career, every new release has been greeted with genuine interest, and he has very rarely, if ever, fallen short of the mark. Plant is an artist who has remained resolutely relevant and whose work is consistently contemporary.

Even with Digging Deep, his career retrospective podcast launched earlier this year, you’re captivated by what he has to say. He talks about music with an enthusiasm and excitement that is both engaging and entertaining. Indeed, any listener to Digging Deep will concur, he has an encyclopedic knowledge and a charming disposition. And when Long Live Vinyl catches up with Plant, he talks with consideration and good humour.

“I’ve written and performed a lot of tracks in my time,” he opens warmly, “and I realised that some of them have just got left behind. For the podcast, I decided to go back and pick out some songs that might’ve got lost along the way. Since 1981, I’ve enjoyed many amazing, exciting musicians. Men and women who have encouraged and enlightened, introducing me to crazy curves I could never have imagined.”

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Issue 34 of Long Live Vinyl is now on sale! Farewell to 2019! Our massive end-of-year special rounds up the very best of the year in vinyl. First up, we bring you the top 100 new albums of the last 12 months, selected by an expert panel of record shop owners, labels, bands, writers and festival organisers. Once you've filled your Christmas list with that lot, we've picked the top 20 reissues of 2019. You'll find interviews with some of the heroes of the year, too, including Fontaines DC, The Specials, Amyl & The Sniffers, Weyes Blood, Bill Callahan and The Murder Capital. If you're on the lookout for a new turntable, amp, speakers or headphones for Christmas, you'll want to check out our extensive Gear Of The Year awards, and after more than 10,000 of you voted, we name our second annual Record Shop Of The Year. Pick up your copy to find out who's won! In other news, former Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant sits down for a chat about his new boxset and podcast, while Beck opens up about his latest album, Hyperspace. We also reminisce with The Pop Group over their classic 1979 album Y and tell the story of the label that brought us Love, The Doors and MC5: the one and only Elektra Records. If all that's not enough, you'll find the widest range of vinyl-related news, features and reviews anywhere on the newsstand. Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for Vinyl lovers.