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I Didn't Realize How Much I Missed Vinyl Until After I Sold My Collection

Promoting 'Record Store Day: The Most Improbable Comeback'

at Making Vinyl, Nashville, June 2022 • Photo: Michael Weintrob

Fantastic review of 'Record Store Day: The Most Improbable Comeback of the 21st Century' by Patricia Vaccarino in PR For People:

"Larry Jaffee's book sheds light on how vinyl records were rescued from a certain death ... and does a great P.R. job for the vinyl industry in more ways than just rounding up the numbers."


Amazon reviewer Neville Judd: 5.0 stars

"Comprehensive and brilliant. Verified Purchase: Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 June 2022
"Wow! In every way, this book is amazing. I must have around 500 music books and this has gone straight into my Top 20. Brilliantly written, I didn’t want it to end. It’s incredible." 

File Under Better Late Than Never
About 45 years ago I always wanted to work in a record store. Although I’ve filled in occasionally over the past few years for my good friend Timothy Clair at his Record Reserve in Huntington Station, this selfie in October 2019 captures the first time I’ve had a three-day stretch behind the counter. 

My first record from 1964 was not by the Beatles, but a World's Fair souvenir gifted by my grandmother. My brother didn't catch the collecting bug like me.


Since the 1970s, I amassed a collection of about 4,000 LPs. By the mid-1980s, I jumped on the CD bandwagon, and in 1998 landed a job editing a magazine covering CD and DVD production. I still held onto my turntable and records, until 2009 when in a moment of temporary madness, I sold most of the vinyl collection. Two boxes were marked "Do Not Touch." One of those boxes disappeared, including an authographed copy of Patti Smith's Radio Ethiopia and early Roxy Music pressings. In 2013, I realized what a huge mistake I made and for the past decade have rebuilt the collection to its former glory.

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