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- SynopsisNot too far away from the flea markets, dusty attics, cluttered used record stores and Ebay is the world of the vinyl junkies. Brett Milano dives deep into the piles of old vinyl to uncover the subculture of record collecting. A vinyl junkie is not the person who has a few old 45s shoved in the cuboard from their days in high school. Vinyl Junkies are the people who will travel over 3,000 miles to hear a rare b-side by a German band that has only recorded two songs since 1962, vinyl junkies are the people who own every copy of every record produced by the favorite artist from every pressing and printing in existance, vinyl junkies are the people who may just love that black plastic more than anything else in their lives. Brett Milano traveled the U.S. seeking out the most die-hard and fanatical collectors to capture all that it means to be a vinyl junkie. Includes interviews with Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Peter Buck from R.E.M and Robert Crumb, creator of Fritz the cat andmany more underground comics.,Set against the backdrop of Cold War Toronto, The Lightning Field follows the lives of Peter and Lucy Jacobs from their post-war courtship through marriage and child-rearing in the suburbs. Though spanning four decades, the book pivots on the events of a single day: October 4, 1957. On this day, the Russians launch Sputnik into orbit, the Avro Arrow -- the most advanced jet plane of its time, whose wings Peter Jacobs has engineered -- rolls out onto the tarmac to great ceremony, and, in a nearby field, Lucy Jacobs is struck by lightning on her way to the event. In the aftermath of that day, Peter struggles with his wife's hospitalization and recovery, the care of their children, and, eventually, the loss of his job when the Arrow project is suddenly terminated. Their children -- Kier, Andy and Rose -- grow up in the sheltered cul-de-sacs of their Toronto suburb, troubled by the disappointments of their parents' world, yet drawn to the infinite possibilities inspired by Laika the space dog and the mysteries of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. If so much of what their parents hoped for in life seemed ultimately out of reach, how will this next generation of dreamers find their way? The Lightning Field is about loss and unexpected offerings, personal dismantling and reassembly.
- AuthorBrett Milano
- Number Of Pages240 pages
- Edition DescriptionRevised
- Publication Date2003-11-10
- PublisherSt. Martin's Press
- Publication Year2003
- Copyright Date2003
- Weight7.8 Oz
- Height0.6 In.
- Width5.5 In.
- Length8.3 In.
- LC Classification NumberML111.5.M53 2003
- Dewey Decimal780.26/6/075
- Dewey Edition21
Most relevant reviews
- jazziemood09 Dec, 2015by
An essential read for a vinyl junkie trying to get a grasp of his condition
If your vinyl collection crossed the threshold of a few thousand discs, read this book. It will soothe your soul. It will aslo provide a comfort of knowing that you are not alone in this sweet addiction. :)
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- mayor-of-gilead04 Dec, 2011by
Record Collecting is a Passionate Hobby
This is an amazing book that really gets the feel of record collecting. Personally, I have been collecting records since 1957 when I got my first 45 rpm at age nine. Now my collection numbers over 100,000 LPs and 45s, so I feel comfortable in commenting. This book points out the variety available to collectors, such as R. Crumb's passion for 78s. It's right on every point, such as most record collectors are male. Rarely does any author 'get it right' but this one does. Highly recommend for any record collector. It's fun to read!