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ONE MAN'S HUNT FOR HIS OLD RECORDS - THE ONES HE ACTUALLY OWNED
For readers of Chuck Klosterman and Rob Sheffield, a moving story of an epic, impossible journey to track down every last one of the records in the author's old collection in an attempt to connect with his past.
High Fidelity (Victor Gollancz, 1995) meets Killing Yourself to Live (Scribner, 2005) in this memoir of one man's search 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 quest to find the original vinyl artefacts from his past. Not just copies. The exact same records: The Bon Jovi record 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 weed.
As 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 questions about our connection to our past, whether we can ever recapture it and whether we would want to if we could.
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"Calling someone's work Nick Hornby-like is a bit cliché, but Spitznagel gives high fidelity to Hornby's feel for music and its relationship to life."
--New York Post
Eric Spitznagel writes the Compare & Contrast column every Sunday for the New York Times Magazine. He is a frequent contributor to dozens of magazines, including Esquire, Playboy, Details and Men's Health, among many others. For three years he had a weekly interview column for Vanity Fair's website, called Awkward Question Time, and he currently has a bi-monthly music column for the MTV Hive website called Spitz Take. He's a contributing editor for The Believer Magazine and edited two humour anthologies: You're a Horrible Person, But I Like You (Vintage 2010) and Care To Make Love In That Gross Little Space Between Cars? (Vintage 2012). He is the author of six nonfiction books: Planet Baywatch (co-written with Brendan Baber, St. Martin's Press, 1996), A Guy's Guide to Dating (co-written with Brendan Baber, Main Street Books, 1998), Cigar Asphyxianado (Warner Books, 1998), The Junk Food Companion (Plume, 1999), Fast Forward (Manic D Press, 2006) and the New York Times bestseller Ron Jeremy: The (Hardest) Working Man in Show Biz (HarperCollins, 2007).
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