We’re All About Vinyl Records

Do you remember where you were, who you were with, or what was happening in your life when you first heard a particular song? Do you ever hear a piece of music and it takes you right back to an event—happy or sad—in your life? If you do, you’re not alone, and you’ve arrived at the right place!

The Vinyl Record Collector (TVRC, for short) is a place where memories—and the music that triggers them—share the stage together. In the 1960’s and 1970’s, most of the music we heard was vinyl records being broadcast on the radio. If we liked what we heard (and if we had the money), we went to a store and bought the record. We listened to vinyl records at home, at our friends’ homes and at parties and dances.  Most of our growing-up experiences had a vinyl soundtrack.

For most people, as time passed, their once precious vinyl records were sold for next to nothing, thrown in the bin or boxed up and stored in the attic. Music was now on CDs, or MP3 players or streaming systems, compressed, soulless, and oh, so convenient.

I never tired of the excitement of placing that vulnerable yet amazingly durable flat black disc on a turntable, lowering the needle, and letting wonderful music fill the room. The vinyl soundtrack of my teens became the soundtrack of my twenties, thirties, forties and beyond. As my record collection grew, more memories stuck to it.

The Vinyl Record Collector shares those memories with you and invites you to share your own memories of the records featured on these pages. We’ll explore the whole experience of owning vinyl records—the places we first heard them and bought them.  We’ll discuss the artistry of covers, inserts, liners and sleeves.  We’ll talk about the practicalities of storing, cleaning and playing vinyl records. But above all, The Vinyl Record Collector will be about the music and what it means—to each of us.

Then play on.