Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records by Amanda PetrusichDo Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records by Amanda Petrusich

Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records

byAmanda Petrusich

Paperback | June 9, 2015

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“A thoughtful, entertaining history of obsessed music collectors and their quest for rare early 78 rpm records” (Los Angeles Times), Do Not Sell at Any Price is a fascinating, complex story of preservation, loss, obsession, and art.

Before MP3s, CDs, and cassette tapes, even before LPs or 45s, the world listened to music on fragile, 10-inch shellac discs that spun at 78 revolutions per minute. While vinyl has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years, rare and noteworthy 78rpm records are exponentially harder to come by. The most sought-after sides now command tens of thousands of dollars, when they’re found at all.

Do Not Sell at Any Price is the untold story of a fixated coterie of record collectors working to ensure those songs aren’t lost forever. Music critic and author Amanda Petrusich considers the particular world of the 78—from its heyday to its near extinction—and examines how a cabal of competitive, quirky individuals have been frantically lining their shelves with some of the rarest records in the world. Besides the mania of collecting, Petrusich also explores the history of the lost backwoods blues artists from the 1920s and 30s whose work has barely survived and introduces the oddball fraternity of men—including Joe Bussard, Chris King, John Tefteller, and others—who are helping to save and digitize the blues, country, jazz, and gospel records that ultimately gave seed to the rock, pop, and hip-hop we hear today.

From Thomas Edison to Jack White, Do Not Sell at Any Price is an untold, intriguing story of the evolution of the recording formats that have changed the ways we listen to (and create) music. “Whether you’re already a 78 aficionado, a casual record collector, a crate-digger, or just someone…who enjoys listening to music, you’re going to love this book” (Slate).
Title:Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm RecordsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:June 9, 2015Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:145166706X

ISBN - 13:9781451667066

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A few interesting bits I found two of the later chapters, one related to how the original collectors of Blues 78s had such a massive influence on rock & roll by saying "these are the important blues artists" and one about how collectors are by and large men and what it is about their brains that makes that the case to be the most interesting. Unfortunately, those are just two chapters, and really only a portion of those chapters. I wish the book looked more in depth into those aspects. Still, the book was an interesting read.
Date published: 2015-03-05

Editorial Reviews

“Petrusich wisely and insightfully goes beyond just documenting these collectors’ peculiarities, as she also traces the history of early American recordings and their legacy in contemporary music. Perhaps most powerfully, the book serves as a treatise on the act of collecting itself, probing the psychological, social, and cultural implications arising from these pursuits of passion.”