The Harkive Podcast – Episode 2 now available

Over the last few months we’ve recorded a series of interviews with people who do interesting things with their music listening, either as fans or as part of their job. These interviews are being turned into podcasts, and the second of these is now available online.

Our guest in Episode 2 is Kathy Gibson, owner of Kate’s Track Shack (, an online store dedicated to the 8-track format. Kathy has been buying, selling and repairing 8-Track cartridges and players since 1998. In the podcast, Kathy and Craig discuss how for a small but dedicated army of fans, the 8-Track is far from obsolete.

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Through an exploration of a format many outside of the 8-Track circle have long forgotten, this episode also raises questions about the longevity of modern-day digital formats, and asks if there may be lessons to be learned in the personal memories Kathy unlocks from home-recorded 8-track cartridges. We also look at the experience of listening to an 8-track cartridge, and delve into the world of the 8-track collector, and find out why one particular cartridge, Sinatra’s Jobim album, can fetch up to $6,000.


You can listen to this and previous episodes of The Harkive Podcast on our AudioBoom page, or via the embedded player above. If you like what you hear and would like to automatically receive future episodes, please do subscribe in iTunes.

This is also an opportune moment to remind you that Harkive 2016 will take place on Tuesday 19th July, so please do make a note of that date if you are considering taking part.

In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the podcast.