Vinyl Freak: Love Letters to a Dying Medium
John Corbett is a music critic, record producer, and curator. He is the author of Microgroove: Forays into Other Music and Extended Play: Sounding Off from John Cage to Dr. Funkenstein, both also published by Duke University Press, and A Listener’s Guide to Free Improvisation. His writing has appeared in DownBeat, Bomb, Nka, and numerous other publications. He is the co-owner of Corbett vs. Dempsey, an art gallery in Chicago.
Column One: 2000–2003
Track one charts the origins of an obsession, starting even before vinyl records with other collections, tracking the author’s love of LPs back to his childhood, through comedy records and idiotic rock, and following as his collection (and his credit card debt) grows. It ends as he hits college and associates LPs with the wider world of international culture.