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T least hilarioushttprecordsneverdiecom Old Records was a pleasure to read For me it was full of NOSTALGIA FOR THE GOOD OLD DAYS for the good old ays the 1980s and record stores As Spitznagel says I want the old thrill back the adrenaline rush of hunting for music the way it s supposed to be hunted In the 80s I worked in 3 ifferent records stores And if I wasn t working I was probably zooming to Portland with my friend Rees in his old VWso we could go to record stores That s how you made friends back then all about the music and the hunt for music My first real relationship was based almost entirely around music okay and art So reading Old Records led me on my #OWN TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE AT #trip own memory lane at same time I JOURNEYED WITH SPITZNAGEL ON HIS UEST TO RECOVER journeyed with Spitznagel on his uest to recover the old vinyl he The Hero Next Door d sold or given away or lost over the years And he totally GETS The Replacements okay And all you bastards of the young who love the Mats you know who you are and you know what I m talkin about Did I enjoy this book Hell yes Do you see me throwing rocker horns Because I totally am So read this and go on your own nostalgia trip Because yeah those were the good oldaysThank you Plume and Penguin First to Read You rock I m old enough to have lived through a few Ask Me No Questions different commercial music formats and am guilty of having had conversations in the last six months lamenting the change in how we find and experience music I m aware of how ridiculous it can sound to younger generations or those who just weren t into music growing up but I was happy toiscover a fellow believer in Er Memory isn t about reality and neither is music It s about the comforting reflections we want to hold on to even if they re mostly bullshit Eric Spitznagel I brought them into my mother s houseduring the wars of pubertyand played them when she wasn t home I had to listen aloneBoxed sets of LPs gathering The Gnadiges Fraulein. dustlong playing records long unplayed I heard them so many times back then their grooves got etched into my brainVinylIt was certainly a big part of my past Oh those lonely teenage nights spent clutching my hairbrushmicrophone singing along with Bonnie Raitt Debbie Harry and Chrissie Hynde I even listened to some women whose namesidn t end in ie It sounds sort of pathetic now but honestly I wouldn t trade those nights for anything Through the flowering of fertilitycoming in waves of panic and shamethe boxed LPs accompanied mefrom Unscrewed dorm toorm to grungy roomin working girl apartment andfrom home to home to better homeI married a man who came with a sonI still listened and listened aloneI m lucky I still have the albums that meant the most to me Many have been sold along the way Several crates full went bye bye a few years ago sold to pay the mortgage one month The fact that I had Cheech and Chong s Big Bamb with the rolling paper still intact caused uite a stir in the record shop and it sold for than a pretty pennyBut I managed to hold on to my favoritesSound got reduced to zeros and onesstored in a cloud played on a phoneVinyl s been gone so long it s backbut the turntable went two moves agoShrinking our lives to apartment sizeI ve come to love American Musicians discarding thingsIf it hasn t been used in the past two yearsout it goes But not the LPsJournalist Eric Spitznagel watched his treasured vinyl collectionwindle over the years sold for those nagging living expenses But one His Convict Wife (Convict Wives day after interviewing uestlove Ericecided he wanted to revisit the past via the music that he played in his youth Replacement albums would not Toyota Management System do huh uh He wanted the same exact records he used to own And so began the uestays spent searching the few remaining record stores basements and attics Would he be able to find his cherished platters all while keeping an eye on his rambunctious three year old This was a fun ride tagging along on the search I enjoyed the thrill of the hunt and especially the poignant moments near the end of the book where view spoilerthe old gang is reunited to share a special concert hide spoiler. Tion to our past the possibility of ever recapturing it and whether we would want to if we couldMemories are far indelible when married to the physical world and Spitznagel proves the point in this vivid book We love vinyl records because they combine the tactile the visual the seeable effects of age and care and carelessness When he searches for the records he lost and sold Spitznagel is trying to return to a tangible past and he etails that process with great sensitivity and impact Dave Eggers New York Times bestselling author of The Circ. ,
Old Records Never DieFor me reading this book was like eating my favourite essert Full isclosure I am a long time music collector who has never #thrown out a record cassette CD music magazine concert t shirt or hard rive in #out a record cassette CD music magazine concert t shirt or hard rive in 40 years I ve been collecting This through many arguments with my mother growing up and with successive girlfriends and even two wives not at the same time of course who have never understood or appreciated my

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habit So s hard for me to understand why Eric Spitznagel allowed himself to sell off his vinyl collection But it s completely understandable that to me that he would esire to track California Living down every exact piece of vinyl he gave up in a uest to relive his past Spitznagel takes the reader through a uest that many would find ridiculous His sense of humor though is such that you can understand the emotion involved in the search andiscovery of these prec With this book Eric Spitznagel has written a tremendously funny entertaining and touching story about music memories and friendship The idea behind the book to find the exact copies of the most important records of your teen years is so outrageous that it shouldn t be possible and it turns out that in most cases it isn t But the journey itself is worth every page So Damn Lucky (Lucky OToole, due to Spitznagel s hilarious observations about people in his life musicians song lyrics album cover art and himself in embarrassing andefining moments in his life carried out with honesty and Wild Embers: Poems of Rebellion, Fire, and Beauty dripping selfeprecating irony I laughed out loud many times throughout the book resulting in curious looks from my fellow commuters on the trainThe book is basically a super long magazine article about a lot of Ryugakusei no tame no Kanji no Kyokasho SHOKYU 300 - Japanese Writing Study Book different music mostly from the 1970s and 80s and one couldoubt that the market for such a book is very big However I still recommend it to all who love music and the memories connected to it be it pop rock country or punk In my view the book will appeal mainly to male readers that aren t put off by freuent A Study in Scandal (Scandalous descriptions of sexrugs and alcoholThe book was generously provided as an advance readers copy through the First to Read program For those of us who came of age in the 70s or 80s the thrill of purchasing that first record or the memory of locking ourselves in our rooms to listen to one song over and over again trying Letting it Go desperately not to scratch theelicate surface of the turning The One Who Stays (Summer Island, disk is scored into our psyche The connection between music and memories especially in our youth is a powerful one There in the carriving Shadow of the Wolf (Hearts Desire, down Lake Shore and listening to Livin on a Prayer I had a moment of intense clarity It was suddenly so obvious what I had too I needed to find that record Not just any record The record The one with Heather s phone number written on it The exact copy I once owned that represented something hugely important to me some rite of passage into adulthoodAnd why stop with one record Why not get all of themI wanted my records My exact records My literal exact records I wanted them back All of them Or at least as many as I could find And so begins Eric Spitznagel s odyssey to recover his lost vinyl Searching for his records Eric revisits moments from his past connects with old friends and lovers and meets strange and wonderful new characters along the way With laugh out loud humor and moments of brilliant insight Eric pulls us along on the journey with him We Smijurija u mjerama discover that some memories may have been rewritten youth can be gracefully surrendered and the future is wonderful in it s unpredictabilityYou can read my interview with Eric Spitznagel Music Memories and A Modern Odyssey on BookClubBabble here if you love music read this book on It all sounds like a hoot on paper Eric Spitznagel sets out to trackown some of the vinyl he used to own not just copies but the exact same records he sold to pay bills replaced with CD s etc It s unfathomable why anyone would want to own a Tom Waits or Liz Phair album once But twice It triggers my acid reflux just thinking about it I A Hudson Booksellers Best Non Fiction Book of the Year with foreword by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy High Fidelity meets Killing Yourself to Live when one man searches for his lost record collection As he finds himself within spitting istance of middle age journalist Eric Spitznagel feels acutely the loss of something Freedom Maybe Coolness Could be The records he sold in a financial pinch Definitely To find out for sure he sets out on a uest to find the original vinyl artifacts from his past Not just copies The exact same records The Bon Jovi recor. ,
Tarted trying to figure it out and my nose started Bleeding I Took This As A Sign To StopWhile There I took this as a sign to stopWhile there plenty here to recommend it s obvious Spitznagel has a much ifferent relationship with music than me not that there s anything wrong with that His standard of excellence is something to make me tremble while I m falling in love in a car Ultralearning during a rainstorm I just want to check my brain at theoor howl #at the moon The Ring Of The Dove drinkance celebrate life instead of regret stop just short of playing air guitar and curse a lot #the moon The Lost Literature of Medieval England drinkance celebrate life instead of regret stop just short of playing air guitar and curse a lot s too short for anything else Thank God the 90 s are over I can t handle any angst and hand wringing over something as pure and simple as writing or listening to pop music When I snap my fingers please move onAlong the way Spitznagel A Curse of Kings dials the wayback machine to high school reuniting with an ex lover and reminiscing about old Billy Joel and Bon Jovi records over a couple of bottles of wine brings a used copy of Let It Be to a rainy muddy Replacements reunion show tries with his wife to figure out whether their son s first exposure to music should be Soul Coughing Ani DiFranco or Foo Fighters I say the kid has three strikes against him already and confesses to listening to the first New York Dolls album only because he wanted to have sex with a girl with purplereadlocks Somewhere Arthur Killer Kane Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan are spinning in their graves I was very excited by the premise of this book but it simply Garfield Dishes It Out (Garfield, doesn teliver I m a music fanatic who has recently returned to vinyl and I love searching through used record stores looking for albums I used to own before giving them away Im a Narwhal during one move or another Theescription of Spitznagel s book made it seem like we were kindred spirits and I looked forward to reading about his uest to recover his missing lovesUnfortunately this premise wasn t the focus of the book Instead Spitznagel focuses on the journey to adulthood and how often we fight against new responsibilities parenthood a steady income in favor of past indiscretions Madame Timide drugs one night stands wasteful spending What s he has little of interest to The author facing a sort of midlife crisis oneay realizes that he must have his old vinyl records back The treasure trove of 2000 vinyl LPs marked on stepped on Girl, Woman, Other defaced and smelling vaguely of weed which heumped once CDs were the future suddenly called to him And no he A South African Night didn t want copies or the remastered 180 gram editions let alone MP3s or FLAACs or whatever there is now he wanted nay needed the originals the very same marked on weed smelling platters he unloaded way back when Is this a uest to bush back against the tide of old age A grab for nostalgia and childhood Aesire to regress to simpler times Yes almost certainly Older and wiser he crosses and recrosses state lines Bismillah Soup digs through crate after crate braves weather and weirdos all trying to find his old lost recordsSpitznagel is a smart incisive writer He canraw out an uncomfortable scene and there are than a few in this book as his uest is not warmly received by well anyone until the awkwardness explodes into hilarity He knows that what he s पिंजर doing is ridiculous so he piles on the self effacing humor He sefinitely a nostalgia hound Venous Catheters describing the apotheosis of a rainy bloody Replacements concert and inviting his estranged childhood friends to a house no one he knows has lived in for years just so they can have a listening party He even looks up an old girlfriend now lesbian andrinks wine and listens to music with her half the night in an effort to recreate some lost feeling This kind of backwards looking impulse is pretty alien to me and yet even as I rolled my eyes at Spitznagel s helpless addiction to an idealized youth I chuckled AT THE WARMTH AND WISTFULNESS OF HIS UEST WHEN the warmth and wistfulness of his uest When and his wife bond again over the utterly corny Don t Stop Believin he shows the power of music not how it affects us but how we imprint ourselves on it It s almost heart warming and if not it s D with his first girlfriend's phone number scrawled on the front sleeve The KISS Alive II he once shared with his little brother The Replacements Let It Be he's pretty sure 20 years later would still smell like weedAs he embarks on his hero's journey he reminisces about the actual records the music and the people he listened to it with old girlfriends his high school pals and most poignantly his father and his young son He explores the magic of music and memory as he interweaves his adventures in record culture with uestions about our connec.