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Dern Odyssey on BookClubBabble here Memory t about reality And Neither Is Music It neither is music It about the comforting reflections we want to hold on to even if they re mostly bullshit Eric Spitznagel I brought them into my mother s houseduring the wars of pubertyand played them when she wasn t home I had to listen aloneBoxed sets of LPs gathering dustlong playing records long unplayed I heard them so many times back then their grooves got etched into my brainVinylIt was certainly a big part of my past Oh those lonely teenage nights spent clutching my hairbrushmicrophone singing along with Bonnie Raitt Debbie Harry and Chrissie Hynde I even listened to some women whose names didn t end in ie It sounds sort of pathetic now but The author facing a sort of midlife crisis one day realizes that he must have his old vinyl records back The treasure trove of 2000 vinyl LPs marked on stepped on defaced and smelling vaguely of weed which he dumped once CDs were the future suddenly called to him And no he didn t want copies or the remastered 180 gram editions let alone MP3s or FLAACs or whatever there is now he wanted nay needed the originals the very same marked on weed smelling platters he unloaded way back when Is this a uest to bush back against the tide of old age A grab for nostalgia and childhood A desire to regress to simpler times Yes almost certainly Older and wiser he crosses and recrosses state lines digs through crate after crate braves weather and weirdos all trying to find his old lost recordsSpitznagel is a smart incisive writer He can draw out an uncomfortable scene and there are than a few in this book as his uest is not warmly received by well anyone until the awkwardness explodes into hilarity He nows that what he s doing is ridiculous so he piles on the self effacing humor He s definitely a nostalgia hound describing the apotheosis of a rainy bloody Replacements concert and inviting his estranged childhood friends to a house no one he The Roots of American Industrialization knows has lived in for years just so they can have a listening party He even looks up an old girlfriend now lesbian and drinks wine and listens to music with her half the night in an effort to recreate some lost feeling Thisind of backwards looking impulse is pretty alien to me and yet even as I rolled my eyes at Spitznagel s helpless addiction to an idealized youth I chuckled at the warmth and wistfulness of his uest When he and his wife bond again over the utterly corny Don t Stop Believin he shows the power of music not how it affects us but how we imprint ourselves on it It s almost heart warming and if not it s at least hilarioushttprecordsneverdiecom if you love music read this book on For me reading this book was like eating my favourite dessert Full disclosure I am a long time music collector who has never thrown out a record cassette CD music magazine concert t shirt or hard drive in the 40 years I ve been collecting This through many arguments with my mother growing up and with successive girlfriends and even two wives not at the same time of course who have never understood or appreciated my obsessive habit So it s hard for me to understand why Eric Spitznagel allowed himself to sell off his vinyl collection But it s completely understandable that to me that he would desire to track down every exact piece of vinyl he gave up in a uest to relive his past Spitznagel takes the reader through a uest that many would find ridiculous His sense of humor though is such that you can understand the emotion involved in the search and discovery of these precious mementos of his youth The reader makes a mistake though thinking from the start that this book is about vinyl Spitznagel s story is about life itself how it progresses from childhood to adulthood and how many of us periodically long for those easier carefree days of our youth when the most important thing to us may have been that new Replacements album or getting noticed by the cute girl in Chem class His journey fittingly winds up in the house in which he grew up with some great friends from his youth sharing stories while spinning some of their favourite tunes from the time on vinyl of course It made me long for my own days in my basement bedroom listening to Pink Floyd with my buddy Colin or sneaking into my friend Rob s brother s room to listen to Captain Beyond on his uadraphonic stereo system Colin has passed away tragically and Rob lives thousands of miles away from me and I now I can t go back physically like Spitznagel did But reading his book allowed me to go back mentally and emotionally to those great experiences that went a long way toward defining who I am today Thank you Eri. Tion to our past the possibility of ever recapturing it and whether we would want to if we couldMemories are far indelible when married to the physical world and Spitznagel proves the point in this vivid book We love vinyl records because they combine the tactile the visual the seeable effects of age and care and carelessness When he searches for the records he lost and sold Spitznagel is trying to return to a tangible past and he details that process with great sensitivity and impact Dave Eggers New York Times bestselling author of The Circ. ,

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Old Records Never DieOld Records was a pleasure to read For me it was full of nostalgia for the good old days of the 1980s and record stores As Spitznagel says I want the old thrill back the adrenaline rush of hunting for music the way it s supposed to be hunted In the 80s I worked in 3 different records stores And if I wasn t working I was probably zooming to Portland with my friend Rees in his old VWso we could go to record stores That s how you made friends back then all about the music and the hunt for music My first real relationship was based almost entirely around music okay and art So reading Old Records led me on my own trip down memory lane at the same time I journeyed with Spitznagel on his uest to recover all the old vinyl he d sold or given away or lost over the years And he totally GETS The Replacements okay And all you given away or lost over the years And he totally GETS The Replacements okay And all you of the young who love the Mats you now who you are and you An American Utopia: Dual Power and the Universal Army know what I m talkin about Did I enjoy this book Hell yes Do you see me throwing rocker horns Because I totally am So read this and go on your own nostalgia trip Because yeah those were the good old daysThank you Plume and Penguin First to Read You rock It all sounds like a hoot on paper Eric Spitznagel sets out to track down some of the vinyl he used to own not just copies but the exact same records he sold to pay bills replaced with CD s etc It s unfathomable why anyone would want to own a Tom Waits or Liz Phair album once But twice It triggers my acid reflux just thinking about it I started trying to figure it out and my nose started bleeding I took this as a sign to stopWhile there s plenty here to recommend it s obvious Spitznagel has a much different relationship with music than me not that there s anything wrong with that His standard of excellence is something to make me tremble while I m falling in love in a car during a rainstorm I just want to check my brain at the door howl at the moon drink dance celebrate life instead of regret stop just short of playing air guitar and curse a lot Life s too short for anything else Thank God the 90 s are over I can t handle any angst and hand wringing over something as pure and simple as writing or listening to pop music When I snap my fingers please move onAlong the way Spitznagel dials the wayback machine to high school reuniting with an ex lover and reminiscing about old Billy Joel and Bon Jovi records over a couple of bottles of wine brings a used copy of Let It Be to a rainy muddy Replacements reunion show tries with his wife to figure out whether their son s first exposure to music should be Soul Coughing Ani DiFranco or Foo Fighters I say theid has three strikes against him already and confesses to listening to the first New York Dolls album only because he wanted to have sex with a girl with purple dreadlocks Somewhere Arthur Killer Kane Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan are spinning in their graves With this book Eric Spitznagel has written a tremendously funny entertaining and touching story about music memories and friendship The idea behind the book to find the exact copies of the most important records of your teen years is so outrageous that it shouldn t be possible and it turns out that in most cases it isn t But the journey itself is worth every page due to Spitznagel s hilarious observations about people in his life musicians song lyrics album cover art and himself in embarrassing and defining moments in his life carried out with honesty and dripping self deprecating irony I laughed out loud many times throughout the book resulting in curious looks from my fellow commuters on the trainThe book is basically a super long magazine article about a lot of different music mostly from the 1970s and 80s and one could doubt that the market for such a book is very big However I still recommend it to all who love music and the memories connected to it be it pop rock country or punk In my view the book will appeal mainly to male readers that aren t put off by freuent descriptions of sex drugs and
book was generously provided as advance readers copy through the First to Read program I m old enough to have lived through a few different commercial music formats and am guilty of having had conversations in the last six months lamenting the change in how we find and experience music I m aware of how ridiculous it can sound to younger generations or those who just weren t into music growing up but I was happy to discover a fellow believer in Eric Spitznagel and his nostalgic music memoir Old Records Never Die Spitznagel relates his formative experiences purchasing LPs in a mostly suburban Midwestern setting tying stories to particular albums mo. A Hudson Booksellers Best Non Fiction Book of the Year with foreword by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy High Fidelity meets Killing Yourself to Live when one man searches for his lost record collection As he finds himself within spitting distance of middle age journalist Eric Spitznagel feels acutely the loss of something Freedom Maybe Coolness Could be The records he sold in a financial pinch Definitely To find out for sure he sets out on a uest to find the original vinyl artifacts from his past Not just copies The exact same records The Bon Jovi recor. St involved attempts to sway a romantic interest In typical midlife crisis mode amid the stress of a new child and new job opportunity he chooses to fall down the nostalgia wormhole He makes a decision to recover these records mere copies will not suffice he needs the exact LPs complete with marker scrawl warnings to siblings on the cover art and most importantly with scratches in just the right places We follow him to record swaps his old college radio station and a reunion concert by The Replacements on his uest to recover the important few from his sold off collection Of the 5812 million record units printed between 1983 1985 he s pretty sure I could identify five of them from that period assuming I M Ever In The Same Room With The m ever in the same room with them The for his uest isn t particularly novel but the is eual parts thoughtful and funny Spitznagel is snooty but also self aware and not afraid to criticize his actions He spends time and resources far beyond what his family should tolerate and I m curious to Monsieur d'Eon Is a Woman: A Tale of Political Intrigue and Sexual Masquerade know what the companion book his wife could have written would look like Still this was a fun weekend read that I could easily see Cameron Crowe turning into a film I was very excited by the premise of this book but it simply doesn t deliver I m a music fanatic who has recently returned to vinyl and I love searching through used record stores looking for albums I used to own before giving them away during one move or another The description of Spitznagel s book made it seem like we wereindred spirits and I looked forward to reading about his uest to recover his missing lovesUnfortunately this premise wasn t the focus of the book Instead Spitznagel focuses on the journey to adulthood and how often we fight against new responsibilities parenthood a steady income in favor of past indiscretions drugs one night stands wasteful spending What s he has little of interest to say in this regard sharing many of the same platitudes and ideas that have been explored in far interesting terms hundreds or thousands of times in the past The sections where he discusses music are my favorite passages such as his description of attending a Replacements reunion concert as an adult or trying to listen to a Misfits album when he s really a Billy Joel fan but they become less prevalent as the book goes on Spitznagel also engages in some bizarre activities moving his old furniture into his old house for a 12 hour listening party with friends bringing a Replacements album to the afore mentioned concert in the rain for no apparent reason smoking multiple joints in the basement of someone s house looking through boxes of albums and these result in the understanding that instead of being a indred spirit I do not identify with him or his mindset Some writing looks for common ground between the author and reader Spitznagel seems to enjoy finding the uncommon groundThe writing itself is serviceable with occasional analogies that are insightful or hilarious but there aren t enough of them to warrant a higher rating in my opinion I wanted to like this book but it ends up being like an album with one or two good songs with far too much filler I d put it back in the bargain bin For those of us who came of age in the 70s or 80s the thrill of purchasing that first record or the memory of locking ourselves in our rooms to listen to one song over and over again trying desperately not to scratch the delicate surface of the turning disk is scored into our psyche The connection between music and memories especially in our youth is a powerful one There in the car driving down Lake Shore and listening to Livin on a Prayer I had a moment of intense clarity It was suddenly so obvious what I had to do I needed to find that record Not just any record The record The one with Heather s phone number written on it The exact copy I once owned that represented something hugely important to me some rite of passage into adulthoodAnd why stop with one record Why not get all of themI wanted my records My exact records My literal exact records I wanted them back All of them Or at least as many as I could find And so begins Eric Spitznagel s odyssey to recover his lost vinyl Searching for his records Eric revisits moments from his past connects with old friends and lovers and meets strange and wonderful new characters along the way With laugh out loud humor and moments of brilliant insight Eric pulls us along on the journey with him We discover that some memories may have been rewritten youth can be gracefully surrendered and the future is wonderful in it s unpredictabilityYou can read my interview with Eric Spitznagel Music Memories and A Mo. D with his first girlfriend's phone number scrawled on the front sleeve The KISS Alive II he once shared with his little brother The Replacements Let It Be he's pretty sure 20 years later would still smell like weedAs he embarks on his hero's journey he reminisces about the actual records the music and the people he listened to it with old girlfriends his high school pals and most poignantly his father and his young son He explores the magic of music and memory as he interweaves his adventures in record culture with uestions about our connec. ,