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The Best Record Books Of 2015
By Kathy Iandoli
For the die-hard vinyl collector, the most obvious focus of their finds is well, vinyl. However, the art of digging manifests itself in so many other things, with books being a major component. Books about vinyl are almost as important as the vinyl itself, considering there is invaluable references available in paperback and hardcover, as well as stories of individuals like you who have documented their journey for the love of wax. In 2015 we received three really great books about the art of vinyl collecting and the people behind them. From bits on the art of collecting and stories of infamous record stores to people with major home catalogs, these books contain priceless information…almost as priceless as your actual record collection. There are also photographs that are beautiful, making these books ready for a book shelf or a coffee table. Check out the three major releases from this year, and head to your local book store to grab them, because much like keeping record stores in business, we should keep those book stores in business too!
Dust & Grooves: Adventures In Record Collecting
By: Eilon Paz (Foreword by the RZA)
Have you ever wanted to peek inside of the personal record collections of others? Well, now is your chance. Photographer Eilon Paz has crafted a masterful book full of photos and stories from those with home collections that are absolutely insane. Some names might be familiar—with famed producers and DJs—while others are merely everyday folks with intense record libraries. A must read for anyone who looks at their own shelves and thinks, “Damn my collection is solid!”
For more information, visit http://www.dustandgrooves.com.
The Record Store Book: Fifty Legendary and Iconic Places to Discover New and Used Vinyl
By: Mike Spitz and Rebecca Villaneda
About four years ago, photographer Mike Spitz decided to go on a photo journey through So-Cal and document the beauty of record stores. His work is a collection of those finds, complete with interviews with storeowners, the history of the stores, and informative bits about the locations. If you’ve never been to California, this book will surely have you booking a plane ticket for the ultimate West Coast digging journey. If you have visited some of these famed destinations, then this book will surely be a trip down memory lane.
For more information, visit http://www.mikespitz.com/record-store-book/.
The Record Store Of The Mind
By: Josh Rosenthal
Josh Rosenthal is the founder of Tompkins Square label and also a Grammy-nominated producer. However, the draw of his book is not his resume, but how relatable he is to so many of us. The Record Store Of The Mind is one man’s journey through his love of music, his love of records, his love of collecting them, his love of it all. His San Fran label turned ten this year, so this was Rosenthal’s way of paying homage to it. This is a great book for those who want to hear the story of another passionate digger who made a career out of that love.
For more information, visit http://www.therecordstoreofthemind.com/.
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