Vinyl Junkies: Adventures in Record Collecting
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personally, i think you are either born a collector or not. i've been collecting things since i was a little kid...started off with bottle caps and matchbooks, both of which cost nothing, but was still a lot of ...more
While doing research for “Who’s Who In Rockism”, the name Brett Milano kept popping up. Milano is a music journalist for the College Music Journal, the Boston Herald and the Boston Phoenix. I first came upon the writing of Brett Milano years ago while reading the liner notes of a Rhino records CD called The Very Best of Todd Rundgren (circa 1997) but it is Milano’s 2003 Vinyl Junkies that seems to be his calling card in any detailed discussion of Rockism. Even though I don’t rememb ...more
Milano captures so many things here: the thrill of the hunt, the passion for any kind of music outside the mainstream (generally the more esoteric the better although one collector is
This book is terrific. The author looks at record collecting from every possible angle -- from the Freudian aspects of the drive to the possible reasons why collectors have trouble finding girls. It's full of wonderful interviews with the famous -- Peter Wolff, Peter ...more
The books tries to explain the passion of collecting from many different perspectives, through the eyes of collectors (some famous - like Peter Buck (of REM fame), Robert ...more
While the book does get into the obsessive and competitive aspects of record collecting, I appreciate that the main focus is love of the music. The tendency to call record collecting a male pastime is annoying, though Milano does interview several female collectors (even if they're somehow portrayed as less hardcore). It's fun to see cool musicians pop up every few pages, and I have to give the guy credit for discussing songs and albums that e...more
Sample quote: "Love for the music, love for the artifact, the thrill of the chase: those are the three elements that turn a garden-variety music lover into a vinyl junkie."
Page 27: "What really got me was the smell of the records. I grew up with--maybe it was the pressing plant they used, for some reason records on the Casablanca label had a smell that blew our minds- when you smell that, it brings you right back to childhood."
Roger Manning from Jellyfish*
I love Jellyfish!
The chapter on "weird records" is worth the price of the whole book!
music is so incredibly meaningful and important, books like this make me understand that it's ok to really believe that...