Jack White Presses The World's First 3 RPM Record
30 March 2012
Yup, you read that right.
White Stripes/Racontuers front man Jack White recently celebrated the 3rd anniversary of his Third Man Music label by giving away copies of the world’s first 3 RPM record. To anyone who doesn't understand what this means; the records spins at three revolutions per minute. Contained on the record is every collaborative single from the label’s “Blue Series” to date.
“The world’s first 3 RPM record is a study in contradictions – it’s cut at the slowest speed yet it plays faster than anything you’ve ever heard. It’s a compilation of 7 inch records but it’s packaged like a 12 inch. But the 12 inch sleeve is made like our 7 inch sleeve (as it is one continues piece of paper folded in half and put into an acetate sleeve). A bit like a snake eating its own tail. It comes with three bumper stickers yet there is no bumper." - Third Man Music
“We gave it away for free yet given what it has fetched on eBay it is proving to be fairly valuable. It’s easy to play but impossible to hear. You put your finger on it to slow it down, but this is no easy task (as evidenced by these YouTube videos) and we estimate it would take 333 days of 33 hours training per day for your finger, hand, and arm muscles to spin at a continuous speed of 3 rpm for X hours and X minutes.”
You can watch a video of someone trying to play this record on a normal deck below: