About Me

In 2008,  after becoming concerned about the plight of record stores, I put together a book called Vinyl Lives: The Rise and Fall and Resurgence of the American Independent Record Store, now available in paperback.  Click here to find out more. Two more books followed, Vinyl Lives II in 2013, and Vinyl Lives On, in 2014.

For my third book, I wanted to include interviews with notable musicians who were also big time record collectors.

Vinyl Lives On spotlights several well known musician/collectors and includes in-depth interviews with sixteen U.S. music retailers. Featured musicians: • 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 the Frank Zappa Family Trust • Billy Vera – singer/songwriter/music historian/producer; Founder, Billy Vera and The Beaters.

As of 2017, the vinyl format has been mainstreamed. New vinyl is everywhere! Best Buy, Barnes and Noble, Whole Foods ?!…the format has become quite the darling of a young hipsters and wannabe hipster/oldsters. Record Store Day is now in its second decade. The cornucopia of records that are brought out for that event is mind boggling.


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