Do Not Sell at Any Price

Do Not Sell at Any Price

The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records

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"A thoughtful, entertaining history of obsessed music collectors and their quest for rare early 78 rpm records" ( Los Angeles Times ), Do Not Sell at Any Price is a fascinating, complex story of preservation, loss, obsession, and art.

Before MP3s, CDs, and cassette tapes, even before LPs or 45s, the world listened to music on fragile, 10-inch shellac discs that spun at 78 revolutions per minute. While vinyl has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years, rare and noteworthy 78rpm records are exponentially harder to come by. The most sought-after sides now command tens of thousands of dollars, when they're found at all.

Do Not Sell at Any Price is the untold story of a fixated coterie of record collectors working to ensure those songs aren't lost forever. Music critic and author Amanda Petrusich considers the particular world of the 78--from its heyday to its near extinction--and examines how a cabal of competitive, quirky individuals have been frantically lining their shelves with some of the rarest records in the world. Besides the mania of collecting, Petrusich also explores the history of the lost backwoods blues artists from the 1920s and 30s whose work has barely survived and introduces the oddball fraternity of men--including Joe Bussard, Chris King, John Tefteller, and others--who are helping to save and digitize the blues, country, jazz, and gospel records that ultimately gave seed to the rock, pop, and hip-hop we hear today.

From Thomas Edison to Jack White, Do Not Sell at Any Price is an untold, intriguing story of the evolution of the recording formats that have changed the ways we listen to (and create) music. "Whether you're already a 78 aficionado, a casual record collector, a crate-digger, or just someone...who enjoys listening to music, you're going to love this book" ( Slate ).
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2014.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781451667066
9781451667059
Characteristics: pages cm

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michael12
Jan 08, 2015

Interesting book, though it does have moments where I care less about what coffee or food the author is ingesting, and want her to get to the point of describing the 78 rpm collectors she is meeting, or describing from the secondary sources. No bibliography of this source material, which is a drawback. But a good selected discography.

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sdelao
Aug 01, 2014

Cannot wait to read. The New York Times gave it a really great review!

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