Vinyl Junkies: Adventures in Record Collecting

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St. Martin's Press, Nov 10, 2003 - Music - 240 pages

Not too far away from the flea markets, dusty attics, cluttered used record stores and Ebay is the world of the vinyl junkies. Brett Milano dives deep into the piles of old vinyl to uncover the subculture of record collecting. A vinyl junkie is not the person who has a few old 45s shoved in the cuboard from their days in high school. Vinyl Junkies are the people who will travel over 3,000 miles to hear a rare b-side by a German band that has only recorded two songs since 1962, vinyl junkies are the people who own every copy of every record produced by the favorite artist from every pressing and printing in existance, vinyl junkies are the people who may just love that black plastic more than anything else in their lives. Brett Milano traveled the U.S. seeking out the most die-hard and fanatical collectors to capture all that it means to be a vinyl junkie. Includes interviews with Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Peter Buck from R.E.M and Robert Crumb, creator of Fritz the cat and many more underground comics.

 

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Vinyl Junkies 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 ... Read full review

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An interesting, short read. The book focusses on the mania for collecting, the actual objects of these collectors' desire are only touched upon. At some points you almost get the impression that the ... Read full review

Contents

1 THE SCYTHIAN
1
2 WHY WE COLLECT
13
3 ITS A SEROTONIN THING
29
4 THE LURE OF VINYL
35
5 ON THE ROAD 1 RELICS IN TEXAS
51
6 BEHIND THE COUNTER WITH PETER BUCK
59
7 ROBERT CRUMB COLLECTING IS CREEPY
69
8 ON THT ROAD 2 SOUL HEART TRANSPLANT
77
10 OUR FAVORITE SHOPS
115
11 LOVE AND VINYL
131
12 GEEKERY IN THE UK
147
13 EXTREME COLLECTING
163
14 THE ULTIMATE FIND
179
15 THE SOUNDTRACK OF YOUR LIFE
197
16 BONUS TRACK
215
INDEX
221

9 VALLEY OF THE STRANGE
95

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About the author (2003)

Brett Milano is a longtime Boston-based music journalist who once interviewed Joey Ramone and Barry Manilow on the same day. He compiled and annotated the Boston punk history CD Mass. Ave: The Boston Scene (on Rhino); and has written liner notes for albums by Todd Rundgren, the Cars, and the Smithereens. He has written for Billboard, Pulse and the College Media Journal; and can now be read weekly in the Boston Herald and the Boston Phoenix. Aside from a short-lived Boston Rock Trivia volume that still turns up on Ebay to this day, Vinyl Junkies is his first book.

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