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The Music Lover's Guide To Record Collecting (Book)

(Book). From tips for evaluating recordings, to lively discussions of bootlegs and piracy, to the history of recording formats, to collectible artists and more, The Music Lover's Guide to Record Collecting covers all the tracks. Designed for anyone who collects records for pleasure or profit, at garage sales or on eBay, this guide is both informative and entertaining. If offers a wealth of detail and informed opinion unique in a field dominated by stodgy price guides. Engaging entries and essays explore the development of all recording mediums, from 78s to MP3; the distinctive character of imports; "most collected artists," from The Beatles to Nirvana; collectible labels, such as Sun, Chess and Motown; original packaging that enhances collectability; and much more.

Paperback: 326 pages

Publisher: Backbeat Books (September 1, 2002)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0879307137

ISBN-13: 978-0879307134

Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #1,266,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #60 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Antiques & Collectibles > Records #768 in Books > Arts & Photography > Music > Recording & Sound #856 in Books > Arts & Photography > Music > Theory, Composition & Performance > Appreciation

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.

This book was fun to read and has some good tips for enjoying old records.

The preview has been a fascinating read, and I am eager to read the full book.Based on the online preview, however, I'm concerned about some of Thompson's research. For example, he devotes a couple paragraphs to Prince's 12-inch maxi-singles, stating that Prince's first commercial 12" single was "Raspberry Beret" (1985). In fact, this was released after several commercial domestic and import 12" singles ("Let's Go Crazy", "Let's Pretend We're Married", "When Doves Cry", etc.).I'm reluctant to harp on a minor error but it shakes my faith in the rest of the book. Still, looking forward to reading it.

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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