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Bar­ney Stathakis shares his vinyl record col­lec­tion

Like most vinyl col­lec­tors, mu­sic is Bar­ney Stathakis’ pas­sion, and has been for more than 50 years. One of the f irst vinyl deal­ers in South A frica, his taste in mu­sic spans many decades – from the ’60s to the present day. “My brother Costa played in a rock and roll band and when he gave me a few Elvis Pres­ley records, the col­lect­ing bug well and truly bit,” ex­plains Bar­ney.

Vinyl records have amaz­ing sound qual­ity and Bar­ney found that this was the best way to lis­ten to the mu­sic he loves. “I started buy­ing a few seven-inch sin­gles a week and my col­lec­tion grew steadily. In the early ’80s, a friend in the UK be­gan send­ing me sin­gles and mu­sic mag­a­zines and I be­gan buy­ing from the mag­a­zines as well.” He also added to his col­lec­tion by ad­ver­tis­ing in Pre­to­ria and Jo’burg.

Hav­ing amassed a col­lec­tion of about 15 000, Bar­ney even­tu­ally had to cut it down when he ran out of space, but still has around 5 000. Among his favourites are The Bea­tles, The Rolling Stones and Bruce Spring­steen. He also likes mod­ern indie bands like The Wom­bats and lo­cal group, Short­straw. Bar­ney has trav­elled ex­ten­sively, pick­ing up records while in the UK and USA. Th­ese in­clude ‘Jail House Rock’ by Elvis Pres­ley, ‘Made of Stone’ by Stone Roses and ‘Prism’ by Katy Perry.

The sound and the joy of hold­ing a record sleeve are what make col­lect­ing vinyl records ex­cit­ing for this Pre­to­ria col­lec­tor

FROM OP­PO­SITE PAGE: 1 Bar­ney’s first LP by The Bea­tles, With the Bea­tles. 2 Born in the USA by Bruce Spring­steen is Bar­ney’s favourite Spring­steen al­bum. 3 This Small Faces al­bum, Od­gens’ Nut Gone Flake is in the orig­i­nal cir­cu­lar fold-out cover. 4 This LP is a pic­ture disc, by Toyah. 5 Anti-Flag’s

Cease Fires. 6 An ex­tremely rare LP by iconic lo­cal band, Free­dom’s Chil­dren.

7 The un­usu­ally shaped pic­ture disc of ‘Born in the USA’. 8 Bar­ney is a huge fan of Katy Perry. 9 ‘ Love will tear us apart’ by Joy Di­vi­sion is Bar­ney’s all-time favourite.

SOURCES Mr Vinyl SA Vinyl

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