- Gebundene Ausgabe: 234 Seiten
- Verlag: Ashgate Popular and Folk Music (15. Februar 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0754667820
- ISBN-13: 978-0754667827
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,6 x 1,4 x 23,4 cm
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Wax Trash and Vinyl Treasures: Record Collecting as a Social Practice (Ashgate Popular and Folk Music) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 15. Februar 2010
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'While the cultural analysis of popular music has been routinely consumed by consumption, few have taken the time to research how we acquire what we listen to and why some of us engage in that process compulsively. What might seem like an undirected act of ceaseless acquisition, record collecting can be, as Shuker illustrates, a process of self-definition, critical analysis and canon formation. Wax Trash and Vinyl Treasures: Record Collecting as a Social Practice is a readable, informative and insightful consideration of the social dimensions of commerce and the sometimes complicated ambitions of those record fanatics who might shop 'til they drop or their eardrums suffer damage.' David Sanjek, University of Salford, UK 'In Wax Trash and Vinyl Treasures: Record Collecting as a Social Practice, Roy Shuker captures both the passion and the precision that makes record collecting the enduring global phenomenon, community, and business it is. From his detailed history of various forms of collecting to his engaging case studies of contemporary collectors, Shuker's book is sure to engage the reader as much as would a day rummaging through a city block of used record stores!' Russell Reising, The University of Toledo, USA '... In this long-overdue study...Roy Shuker...expertly develops a historical overview that explores changes in format and shifts in canon, and the impact these have on issues of taste, economic and cultural capital, and collecting practices.' Times Higher Education 'This book is a fascinating social study of people like us. ... Wax Trash is a compelling look at the male (and sometimes female) obsession with rotating discs.' 4 Stars, Record Collector -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Roy Shuker is Associate Professor in the School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
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Using interviews with a very limited group of collectors, Shuker reaches the general conclusion that a typical record collector does not exist - although like collectors of other objects, record collecting involves nostalgia, the acquisition of items to create a sense of order and a refuge from the unpredictability and sameness of routine life and a love of the item, in this case, music
While Shuker is at great pains to dissociate himself, this book and the interviewees from the enjoyable Jack Black character in Nick Hornby's novel "High Fidelity", some of the subthemes that include intellectual orgasms on finding that one scarce recording, completeism, infantilism, collection size and social identity all speak to varying degrees of the familiar "anorak/trainspotting" nature of the avid record collector - the individual who often takes more delight in the actual act of acquisition than the pleasure of listening to what has been acquired. Shuker thus provides anecdotes of hard-sought acquisitions never even being opened once the thrill of the chase is over. Additionally while he derides Hornby for the premise of "High Fidelity", his own sources attest to the years they spent ingratiating themselves with record store clerks to get attention, a 10% discount on their purchases or both.
The historical aspects of the book are generally good - although a major issue is whether the actual record collectors interviewed peripatetically by Shuker over the decade that this monograph has been in gestation add very much to the introductory historical aspects of the work and the material quoted from other sources, This is a concern since they verge on the subjective with overrepresentation from Mr. Shuker's home base of New Zealand as well as his relatives. As storied collectors like Robert Crumb, Richard Nevins and Joe Bussard are mentioned, the reader wonders why these individuals were not interviewed in addition to - or instead of - some of the decidedly strange ones who were. And does owning 200- 500 CDs really qualify someone as a record collector?
Other people like Billy Vera, Roger Armstrong, Harry Wenger, Andy McKaie, Adam Block, Ted Carroll, Tony Rounce, the folks at Rhino, Numero, Raven, Dusty Groove AND Hip-O Select would have added a whole different dimension (and more value) especially as these are collectors who have put their money where their interests lay.
Apart from the concerns with the adequacy of the sample and its diffuse focus, a major issue with this book is its slim size and totally excessive cost. $99 cannot be justified even as a specialized monograph and the actual book - which one assumes is designed primarily for repetitive library use - started falling apart after a single read.
The editing is also sloppy with many examples of the same sentence being used sequentially in adjacent paragraphs and- OKeh is not Okey (p.16 - this is criminal given the importance of the OKeh label) - Ryodisc (p. 75) is Rykodisc, `loving' on page 169 should be `living' while HMV is not yet part of UMG (p.81).
This book follows an important idea and the web teaser of the first chapter intriguing - but the digressions into Goldmine and Record Collector etc diminish the value making the topic of record collecting as a social activity still in need of an insightful, definitive, engaging and informative treatment.
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