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Vinyl Junkies: Adventures in Record Collecting

Vinyl junkies are special. They hunt down Brazilian pressings of favorite artists,
know the difference between vinyl and styrene, and call a 3,000-LP collection “modest.”
Milano’s interviews aim to nail down what vinyl addiction means. Thurston Moore thrives
on the renegade, archival nature of collecting. As a teenager, Peter Buck hitchhiked
15 miles to get an LP the night of its release. R. Crumb speaks fondly of rare, flexible
78s. Most of Milano’s subjects believe the thrill is in the chase: seeking personal
Holy Grails is often more rewarding than playing them, and comfort is knowing a certain
record is finally in one’s collection. The book works best when Milano lets his subjects
do the obsessing, and if what being a collector means remains as elusive as Their
Satanic Majesties Request
with the original 3-D cover, at least we learn that,
as former Cramps drummer Miriam Linna says, “You play someone a great record and they
don’t react to it, you know it’s time to get them out of your house.”

>Book Description
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


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