Wax Trash and Vinyl Treasures: Record Collecting as a Social Practice

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2010 - Music - 223 pages
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This text examines the history of record collecting. It considers categories (especially music genres) and types of record collecting and outlines and discusses the infrastructure within which collecting operates. Shuker situates this discussion within the broader literature on collecting, along with issues of cultural consumption, social identity and 'the construction of self' in contemporary society. Record collecting is both fascinating in its own right, and provides insights into broader issues of nostalgia, consumption and material culture. Roy Shuker is Associate Professor in the School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
 

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Contents

creating a collector constituency
13
beyond the High Fidelity stereotype
33
Formats collectors and the music industry
57
Taste the canon and the collectable
83
Collecting practices
109
Record collecting and the music press
137
Collector profiles
159
Conclusion
197
Bibliography
207
Index
219
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Roy Shuker is Associate Professor in the School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

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