Friday, April 10, 2009

New Record Collecting Book

Extraordinary Records is the title of a forthcoming book on record collecting by Giorgio Moroder.

“This original collection features the most remarkable vinyl artifacts ever produced: a connoisseur's selection of records in a plethora of colors, shapes, and forms, imprinted with extraordinary effects and images.

“Produced in collaboration with Colors magazine, this book showcases over 400 of the most exceptional records owned by leading collectors Alessandro Benedetti and Peter Bastine. Featuring the recordings of Pink Floyd, Queen, the Beatles, Prince, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Bon Jovi and many others, these are rare and valuable records in countless designs and colors - gold, transparent, photo-printed - in a dazzling variety of shapes: butterfly, heart, star, and even a tree-shaped disc.”

Moroder of course is the dude from Italy with the great facial hair and rakes of snyths who founded Musicland Studios, produced great disco records with Donna Summer and more, scored loads of movies, and is generally accepted as one of music’s most influential figures. The book was written with the aid of:

Contributing author Alessandro Benedetti, who “began collecting colored and unusual records in 1981, and now has 8,000 discs, including 1,200 colored vinyl discs. In 1998 his collection won recognition in The Guinness Book of Records. His dream is to open a record museum so he can share his collection with the public.”

And Peter Bastine, “born in 1952, has been a DJ, record seller, and concert organizer. From 1977 until 1998 he collected every kind of picture disc; since then, mostly historical 78rpm records. Today his collection comprises around 8,000 picture discs, and has been the subject of several European exhibitions.”

Extraordinary Records is coming soon on TASCHEN press.

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