Friday, June 09, 2006
What I'm Reading -- Vinyl Junkies: Adventures in Record Collecting by Brett Milano
Vinyl Junkies by Brett Milano is an all encompassing look at album collectors. Milano hangs out with many obsessive collectors including some famous ones, like Sonic Youth’s Thurston More. At points, it all runs together as Milano recounts story after story of collectors filling up their homes with albums, traveling around the world to find albums and spending thousands of dollars for rare records. The best parts are when Milano presents both sides of some interesting but odd arguments, like is John Cusak’s character in Hi Fidelity a realistic portrayal of a collector (not really), are albums or CDs better (albums, of course) and why would someone collect more albums that he can listen to in a lifetime (no logical answer)? Vinyl Junkies is an entertaining look at record collectors.