August 1 2014
In early July, music critic and Pitchfork contributor, Amanda Petrusich released her book, Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rerest 78rmp Records. The book is about the specific kind of people that go to incredibly lengths to own 100 year old pieces of shellac. As she reports on these men she becomes part of the story herself, driving to county fairs, hunting down other collectors, and even scuba diving in the Milwaukee River for mythical Paramount masters.
As a wanna-be music critic, native Wisconsinite, and pretty serious record collector with a niche interest in music recorded between 1917-1929, I bought it the day it came out. After one day I had read 100 pages and the rest quickly followed. I had so many things I wanted to say to her and questions to ask. I thought, “You know, she tracked these guys down to talk about 78s, I can track her down and talk about her book about 78s.” So I did, and we talked for while about listing to music versus collecting music, empathy, desire, why we love sad songs, the blues and much more. If this kind of stuff interests you, you might enjoy listening to this interview.
Amanda will be contributing to 5 Songs We Can’t Stop Listening To on-air Thursday, August 7th, and in next week’s article.