Vinyl Lives

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The Books

As of 2020, all three Vinyl Lives are out of print. Some copies continue to be available on Amazon and online retailer

Vinyl Lives On--available September 2014

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Praise for Vinyl Lives On:

"James Goss' new book is lots of fun for LP lovers and a must-have for fans of music media."

--Gene Pitts, Editor-in-Chief, The Audiophile Voice

Here's the musician/collector line-up for Vinyl Lives On:

Theo Dasbach--singer/songwriter/pianist; Founder, Rock and Blues Museum, Clarksdale, Mississippi
Ray Benson--singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer; Co-Founder, Asleep at the Wheel
Henry Rollins--singer/songwriter/actor/radio show host; Black Flag, Rollins Band
Bill Frisell--guitarist/composer/arranger
Ursula 1000 (Alex Gimeno)--multi-instrumentalist/DJ
Joe Travers--drummer, Zappa Plays Zappa; Vaultmeister for Frank Zappa Family Trust
Billy Vera--singer/songwriter/music historian/producer; Founder, Billy Vera and The Beaters

Record stores chronicled in Vinyl Lives On include: New York City's Other Music, Mississippi Records (Portland, Oregon), Grimey's (Nashville, Tennessee), High Fidelity (Los Feliz, California) and Princeton Record Exchange in Princeton, New Jersey.

Vinyl Lives II

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Praise for Vinyl Lives II:

"There are many reasons that the world needs a book like Vinyl Lives II. Sure, it's great to have another compendium of watering holes where we record geeks can imbibe. But more importantly, we get regaled by the tales and the passion from those who created these cultural oases.

Let's face it, as collectors we chase this stuff as much for the stories we can tell versus the sounds in the grooves. In that sense, James Goss has certainly delivered to us true believers another double shot of our baby's drink up!"

--Terry Stewart, President and Chief Executive Officer
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Record stores profiled in Vinyl Lives II include the Electric Fetus (Minnesota), Dusty Groove (Illinois), Criminal (Georgia) and Jerry's (Pennsylvania). The stories of nine record collectors--all from different areas in the United States--are also included.

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Praise for the first Vinyl Lives:

"A fascinating glimpse into the mindset of folks sufficiently crazy and persistent to own record stores in the face of the Internet download juggernaut."

--writer/producer Michael Fremer, "It's a Vinyl World After All"

Chronicling the histories of 25 independent record stores, the first Vinyl Lives features chapters on Amoeba Music (California), Bop Street Records (Seattle), Cheapo (Cambridge, MA), Goner (Memphis, TN) Louisiana Music Factory (New Orleans) and Tower Records.

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