Eric Spitznagel was perfectly content with his choice to sell his album collection. It was something he didn’t really need — everything’s digital nowadays and available with the click of a few buttons and dragging around crates of vinyl as an adult seemed unnecessary — nor did he really miss it much.
Until a conversation with Questlove for an old MTV website had him questioning everything. Questlove built his home around his 70,000-album collection. When Spitznagel, a writer for Men’s Health, Playboy, Equire and Rolling Stone among others, confessed to having sold off his collection in bits and pieces, the legendary Roots drummer grew silent.
The conversation rolled around in his head until one day Spitznagel wondered whether it might be possible to track down and repurchase his former collection. Not just rebuy new copies of the records he had, but find his actual copies and bring them home again.
“Old Records Never Die: One Man’s Quest for His Vinyl + His Past” is available at Amazon.ca.