Vinyl records so often sound like home in large part because that’s the only place you’re likely to listen to them.
— NPR’s Stephen Thompson helps you build a vinyl collection
If there are specific records you miss playing on a turntable, start by replacing those — dig through flea-market bins and thrift stores and garage sales and eBay or Craigslist postings to track them down. My sister managed to acquire virtually every punk and new-wave record she’d loved in the ’80s in bulk at a single estate sale; be patient and resourceful, and you can cobble together a formidable vinyl collection without too much expense. (Newly pressed records, on the other hand, will cost you.) Remember that you’re not the only one who’s given up on the format and dumped a collection unceremoniously; befriend your neighborhood trash collector, and you can probably even get records for free.
— Stephen Thompson helps a vinyl lover start a collection over from scratch
Vinyl, wax cylinders and “born digital” audio, the Library of Congress has released a plan for preserving American sounds.
Photos: Abby Brack/Library of Congress