Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Reader's Diary #2013- Brett Milano: Vinyl Junkies

When I first got into record collecting a couple or so years back, I was very eager to grow my collection fast but despite a vinyl resurgence there was still nowhere to buy in Yellowknife, except the occasional rare find at yard sales. Then I saw that someone had taken out an ad in the local classified looking to either sell, buy, or trade records. Paydirt!

However, after a rather long and awkward phone conversation I had determined that I'd never be paying a visit to his home, let alone flipping through his collection. No matter what gems he may have had. He was a completely different kind of collector, a serious collector, and me? I just wanted some good stuff to listen to.

In Vinyl Junkies, Brett Milano tries to make the case that even those who don't think they're serious collectors usually are, or at least have a bigger problem than they're willing to admit. After reading about some of the collectors he describes, I'm not convinced.

The thing is, I'm not an audiophile. With some exceptions, I can rarely tell the difference between an mp3 and a vinyl track. I don't have a top of the line turntable and the one I have is hooked up to a small single speaker. I'm also not interested in making money off of my collection, I'm not looking for rare foreign pressings. But I do like the object. I do like listening to a whole album (or at least a whole side) again. Collecting takes me back to my youth somewhat when I collected cassettes and then CDs. And my collection shows my nostalgic bent: I have classic albums that predate me and I've got a few from the past 5 or so years, but my interest is really in getting 90s albums on vinyl, a large number of which were never even originally distributed on such a medium. So far I've gotten Oasis, Nirvana, Tragically Hip, Tori Amos, Bjork, Weezer, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Pearl Jam and my list of must-haves from that decade is much, much longer. Bored yet? Than Brett Milano's Vinyl Junkies is definitely not for you.


Rob said...

I might keep an eye out for this. I'm not a collector myself, although I have amassed quite a few records now, but I do enjoy hearing about other's collections and passions.

John Mutford said...

Exactly Rob. Based on the people here, I wouldn't call myself a collector either, despite owning many. But fascinating people (and collections) nonetheless.