When I first got back into collecting vinyl, I grabbed every even remotely decent record I could find at my local thrift shops. I then started reading more about the technology behind actually pressing the records and had some great conversations with people pushing the industry forward like Viryl Technologies, Microforum Pressing and Kaneshii Records.
One of the best books and web sites that I came across is Eilon Paz’s Dust and Grooves.
“[the] 436-page coffee-table book illuminates over 130 vinyl collectors and their collections in the most intimate of environments—their record rooms. With a foreword by the RZA, compelling photographic essays are paired with in-depth interviews to illustrate what motivates record collectors to keep digging for more records.
Readers get an up close and personal look at a variety of well-known vinyl champions as well as a glimpse into the collections of known and unknown DJs, producers, record dealers, and everyday enthusiasts. The book is divided into two main parts: the first features 250 full-page photos framed by captions and select quotes, while the second consists of 12 full-length interviews that delve deeper into collectors’ personal histories and vinyl troves.”
Now the huge value added here is the connections between the great interviews and the mixes that the interviewees provide. Be prepared to get lost own a wonderful rabbit hole of music, photos and vinyl. Read the interviews while listening to the associated mix – how great is that!
Thank You Eilon.