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Tom B.


New York, NY
Hometown: Wanblee, Pine Ridge Reservation

Member since:

July 17, 2011

What do you love the most about vinyl records?

The fact that they are capable of emitting sound without even an amp and speaker. The material relations associating with performer, artifact, and listener. The use value of even the scratchy and skippy. The centered mind during the hunt. The thrill of discovery. The awesome and incredible beauty of a song that transcends mere entertainment, and in both complexity and simplicity, is capable of giving more and more.

How long have you been collecting records?

Even during the fifteen years, when I was without a working turntable, I hunted vinyl. Even during the decade I absolutely swore-off collecting, seventeen could not be ignored. That decade over, the original collection had to be rebuilt. And expanded. Now the hunter has been captured by the game. I must only listen. There is no more room other than the airspace between couch and speakers. Late at night, I fear my apartment will be condemned and turned into a landfill.

What type of music do you collect on vinyl?

The music of American folks: jazz, r&r, r&b, country; performed by the skilled or unskilled for the joy of musical expression. Beyond that, any vinyl that is seriously undervalued.


It seems my purpose in life is to rescue objects and put them back into circulation.

What Tom B. is saying about this Meetup Group

Where is everybody? In late January let's all meet and trade.

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