Rewind Replay: Britain and the Video Boom, 1978-92
The first history of Britain’s video boom. It considers the first programme distributors who, from the late 1970s, took chances on all sorts of commercial entertainment to attract consumer interest. It considers the birth of the video shop, the speed with which video rental became a habitual practice among the British public, and the key players who, at the height of a recession, invested wholesale into what contemporaneous media reportage was describing as a mere ‘plaything’.
"Walker traces with exemplary clarity and copious detail the evolution of video distribution and retail in Britain."
Julian Petley, Brunel University
"...provides us with essential coordinates for grasping the full significance of this transitional period."
Paul McDonald, King's College London