Vinyl Freak: Love Let­ters to a Dy­ing Medium

John Cor­bett

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Duke Univer­sity Press Soft­cover $24.95 (264pp) 978-0-8223-6366-8

This cel­e­bra­tion of vinyl speaks to the tran­sience of pop cul­ture and its in­ter­sec­tion with ev­ery­day lives.

For twelve years, mu­sic critic, cu­ra­tor, and col­lec­tor John Cor­bett im­mor­tal­ized records that never made it as CDS, in his “Vinyl Freak” col­umn for Down­beat mag­a­zine. In Vinyl Freak: Love Let­ters to a Dy­ing Medium, he presents those pas­sion­ately writ­ten col­umns, paired with thought­ful es­says on the al­lure of records, the col­lect­ing sub­cul­ture, and the pleasure and pain of archives.

With its lyri­cism and metaphors, Cor­bett’s writ­ing is be­fit­ting of a love let­ter. As he writes, hunt­ing for records felt like “there was a par­al­lel uni­verse of sig­nif­i­cance as yet unyield­ing of its

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