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The Music Lover's Guide to Record Collecting [Paperback]

Dave Thompson
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17 Oct 2002
From tips for evaluating recordings, to lively discussions of bootlegging, the history of recording formats, "most collected artists" and more, this informative and fun guide covers all the tracks. Garage sale hunters and web surfers alike will find over 20 categories with proven collector appeal - from vintage rock to Christmas music, soundtracks, and much more. Engaging essays and entries explore every medium ever used to transcribe music: the first vinyl 78s, 45s, 8-track cartridges, cassette tapes, LPs, CDs, MP3 and more, plus specialty items like colored vinyl. The guide describes the significance and collectibility of bootlegs, promos and imports, as well as 100 "most collected artists" from Elvis Presley to Bob Marley, and niche artists like Tim Buckley and Syd Barrett. Some artist entries include interviews with musicians and collectors, insights on rarities vs. regular releases, and helpful "what to look for" tips. Landmark labels collected for their own sake are also covered, such as Sun, Chess, and Motown. And for those who believe a recording is not collectible without its complete packaging, photo essays illustrate original inner album sleeves, accompanying stickers, pictures, posters, and other artwork.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books (17 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879307137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879307134
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 18.5 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave Thompson is a regular columnist for Goldmine, America's leading publication in the field of record collecting, and has written at length for the UK's equivalent, Record Collector. Thompson has also contributed to Discoveries, Live! Music Review, Spiral Scratch, Record Mart, and similar magazines in Poland, Germany, Japan, Canada, and Australia. His work has appeared in such key music magazines as Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Mojo, Q and Melody Maker, and he has written liner notes for such major artists as Lou Reed and Pink Floyd. Thompson's books - now numbering over 70 - include the best-selling Never Fade Away: The Kurt Cobain Story and Third Ear guides Alternative Rock, Funk, and Reggae and Caribbean Music.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Start reading at 45rpm and leave at 78rpm 6 Jan 2010
I agree with 'Juliana', and because this book is USA streamed, it loses out on the fact that Record Collecting is very, very difficult in the UK.

Grimy, unwashed Men with little social graces and Album knapsacks across their shoulders at 5 in the morning scouring Boot Sales, (that's Rummage sales/Flea Markets to our Cousins?) for the elusive, missed gem, or dedicated Record Collector fairs where the small collector is alienated by price. eBay? A minefield.

This book is much more however than its' title however. It's comprehensive research into every music arena/field makes it stand out from any other, and I for one, am glad I bought it. You just want more, it drags you in.

Conclusion? Wrong Title for exciting book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good quality book 26 July 2013
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Contained a wealth of knowledge. about the in and outs of record collecting and shows well the music requirements of a vinyl record.
some very useful pages and i would recommend this to any new comer to this field
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very very informative! 17 Jun 2008
As I was mostly interested in the history of the formats for my disseration on vinyl, rather than record collecting, I was surprised on what a goldmine this book proved itself, very accurate descriptions on every music format ever sold, with sales figures and important turning points. Must read for anyone who want to learn the history from the invetion of Edison phonograph up to 2002 when this book was published.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars record collecting 8 Aug 2011
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This book was ok but very general. It shouldn't be called the Music Lover's guide to record collecting. A More appropriate title would be The music Lover's guide to the history of records.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Which Arturo Toscanini are we talking about? 31 Jan 2004
By Moneyblows Books & Records - Published on
In an excerpt from this book posted on amazon, the statement is made that one Arturo Toscanini set the record industry back, in the 1920s, by refusing to allow his voice to be recorded. The Arturo Toscanini that most music lovers remember was conducting La Scala and the New York Philharmonic around that time. We don't think he was singing. Can the author address this? Perhaps I read the excerpt wrong. In this case, we're not talking about an obscure historical figure.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Few Redeeming Qualities 29 Sep 2008
By J. Samarin - Published on
You remember those books we were assigned to read in school... Almost falling asleep as you reread the same tired line 3 times before you realized you had been doing so. Well this book is not entirely like that, but it does come close. I came away feeling like I was told to read this book instead of picking it up because I choose to.
While reading I came across some line about a shop owner having a priceless gem, and I realized I had better things to do with my life like check to see if I could get my hands on a LP I've been wanting. At least this book did one good thing, when I went looking for that LP I found an awesome deal at GEMM.
It's all about that silver lining my friends...
The bottom line: the reading at times seemed laborious but it does help you solidify your own understanding of why you started collecting in the first place.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Guide to Record Collecting 16 Jan 2007
By Evelyn Grady - Published on
The book was good but I was looking for more of a price guide, however, my husband is enjoying it.
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