March 7, 2014
Photographer Eilon Paz’s long-awaited coffee-table book Adventures in Record Collecting profiles 130 of the world’s most fascinating record collections.
Several years in the making, Brooklyn-based photographer Eilon Paz has announced the release of his 416-page journey through the record collections of the world, pairing photographic essays with in-depth interviews for a sumptuous and intimate look at the people behind the records.
Featuring odd-ball collectors and high-profile DJs and musicians alike, Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting started life on Eilon’s photo blog, a passion project which quickly morphed into a serious pursuit, tracking down and then documenting vinyl enthusiasts whose collections were larger and more obscure than his own.
Travelling the length and breadth of the United States last summer for the Dust & Grooves road trip, before heading further afield to Europe and Japan, Paz has peopled the Dust & Grooves book with 130 collectors, featuring 12 interviews with key figures like Gilles Peterson, Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) and The Gaslamp Killer, as well as a foreword by Wu-Tang alumnus RZA, who details his own life in records before offering an unanimous blessing to the project:
“Although the digital world dictates how we purchase and listen to music, it’s great to see so many collectors and music fans still flying the flag for vinyl. We share in the knowledge that vinyl is still the unrivalled medium for music and has yet to be bettered.”
However, Dust & Grooves is about much more than marquee names, as a quick browse of Paz’s website will tell you. Other interviews in the book profile the king of the 78 Joe Bussard (above), an exploration of digging in Ghana with Voodoo Funk DJ Frank Gossner and a rummage through Jonny Trunk’s utterly unique record library.
Released to coincide with Record Store Day on 19th April and latterly bestowed the honour of Official Record Store Day Book, Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting looks set to be an essential companion to every record collection and a reminder of how much there is still left to discover.
Eilon Paz is an occasional contributor to The Vinyl Factory and last year shot a series of fantastic films for us from Origami Records in LA, funk & soul treasure trove Groove Merchant, Jack White’s Third Man Records, and America’s finest reissue label Numero Group.