Unplugged & Totally Uncut

Eric Spitznagel Old Records Never Die

April 14, 201611 min
For musicphiles coming of age in in the 70s and 80s, vinyl records were essential. Journalist Eric Spitznagel recalls fighting with his brother over a shared copy of the KISS Alive II album. How his first girlfriend Heather G. scrawled her phone number across the jacket of Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet. And, he was certain that even twenty years later, his copy of The Replacements’ Let It Be would still smell like weed. Now approaching middle age, Spitznagel, a husband and recent father, found himself seeking a reconnection with his youth. After an embarrassing admission to musician Questlove that he no longer owned his record collection, he experienced major seller’s regret and set out to find the original vinyl artifacts from his past. Not just copies. The exact same records. Spitznagel’s hero’s journey takes him to record fairs across the Midwest, rain soaked music festivals, and into the basements of curmudgeonly record store proprietors, as he reminisces about the

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