I read a review of this book yesterday, and the review was so entertaining, even if you have little interest in reading it, I guarantee you will find the review wonderfully entertaining, too. Honest.
Actually, this is a combination review for two books, but they are intertwined, and if no one else is interested, I know at the very least, my friend "Double D" will be. And I know you are (still) here, too, so a bonus. :)
"Do Not Sell at Any Price: the wild, obsessive hunt for the World's Rarest 78 RPM Records" by Amanda Petrusich, was recently published. The book is about the "finite universe of oddballs" who scrounge to collect the shellac fossils the rest of us (or many of us) consider worthless. Reading the book will give you the insider view of what's involved, and the motivation behind collecting. It appears to be part humor, part history, and part mystery / detective, part interview, part scrounging. The writer does take the reader into the "man caves" of some collectors, and not only their eccentricities, but the jaw dropping collections they've harvested over the years.
The review had me laughing out loud at times. If it were not for these wonderfully eccentric, dedicated scavengers, a generation of music would have been lost. It's the story behind the story.
The other book: "Pioneers of the Blues Revival" by Steve Cushing. Cushing is a long-time blues broadcaster, so he knows from whence he speaks when he says that there was a time when this music (the blues) was reviled; this meant that collectors could buy records for cheap. No one wanted them. They were called ni****r records, that's the way it was. Apparently, according to the review, the writer gets into some pretty nasty, vindictive tales, not allowing for a fair commentary, at times. Interesting. Collecting by one well-known collector is called a "lifelong romance, that ebbs and flows, but never dies out."
I read a review in the Globe, but these are from the WSJ, so if you are so inclined, take a look. It's been very quiet here, maybe you're reading or writing instead of posting. Either way, DD especially, I think you will appreciate these write-ups, esp. since you're the blues guy around here.
"Darling, he's still dangerous."