CASSETTE: A Documentary Film about the Cassette Tape

To coincide with Flack’s recent post about The Boombox Project, I thought I should bring to your attention a new documentary called Cassette: A Documentary Film about the Cassette Tape.

The filmmaker’s are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to get funding for the documentary. They have prepared a teaser trailer of sorts that can be viewed on the Kickstarter page. It’s been a long time since I’ve used cassettes but growing up they were my heart & soul (metaphorically speaking, I never actually owned Sports by Huey Lewis & the News).

Check out more about Cassette at KickStarter or at

Also check out the Kickstarter campaign for Rewind This! which is a documentary about VHS & VHS culture. For full disclosure, I’ll admit that I have backed the campaign for Rewind This! I am not a backer for the Cassette documentary though.

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3 thoughts on “CASSETTE: A Documentary Film about the Cassette Tape

  1. Drahken says:

    I remember getting my first tape player & tapes. It was either my 8th or 9th Bday, I got a 2nd hand tape player/recorder (one of those ones with both the door & speaker on top, that you laid on the desk/table), an AC-DC tape (for those about to rock), and a kenny rogers tape. A few months later I also got a couple care bears tapes (some of those care bears songs still run through my head at times, even all these years later).

  2. Badwolf says:

    I am part of the tape culture.

    Got my first tape recorder in 2nd grade (1972) – it was a Panasonic Take-N-Tape – a red rounded plastic housing with a simple tape transport and a condenser mic built into the machine. Two memories of this machine was bringing it to school (where a friend of mine took great joy in recording himself cursing and using profanity) and the other was making a comedy radio show with a fellow named Joe Sena (from Queens, NY if you know him) during a night when my parents were having a party and his parents (and he) came over.

    This was not enough. I fell in love with music, but wanted to play songs I liked when I liked and where I liked. Since they had not yet invented to iPod, I had to rely on tapes. In the early days, I had an old transistor radio which I would hold up to the mic and make mixed tapes of songs on the radio. These tapes took quite a bit of editing, because you never knew when a particular song would come on the radio. My older sister then got a portable AM-FM cassette player (similar to the one show above) and these tapes could be made WITHOUT AMBIENT BACK GROUND NOISE! EUREKA! This was probably 1975 or 1976.

    I discovered this one Saturday when she was out and I had nothing to do. I put on WNBC 66 in New York and started taping songs. This was my best tape ever! I no longer have this tape, but I’ll never forget it. It was around 1977 or 1978 (when STAR WARS came out) that I was really hankering for a machine like my sister’s. I had to wait a few more years.

    In 1981, I bought a JVC RC M60JW at 47th Street Photo for $229.00 plus tax – it represented about a month’s worth of summer take-home pay that year.


    Around the same time (maybe around 1980), my Dad had bought a component stereo for the family – INCLUDING A TECHNICS STEREO CASSETTE DECK. This meant that I could borrow albums from friends and record them to tape. This was a turning point.

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