By Amanda Petrusich
The untold tale of a unusual and demanding culture: the area of 78rpm files and the insular group that celebrates them—by acclaimed tune critic and writer Amanda Petrusich, who contributes frequently to Pitchfork, The Oxford American, and The ny Times.
Before MP3s, CDs, and cassette tapes, even sooner than LPs or 45s, the area listened to song on 78rpm records—those fragile, 10-inch shellac discs. whereas vinyl files have loved a renaissance lately, strong 78s are exponentially tougher to come back through and play. a contemporary eBay public sale for the one identified replica of a selected checklist crowned out at $37,100. Do now not promote at Any cost explores the rarified international of the 78rpm record—from the format’s heyday to its close to extinction—and how creditors and archivists are operating frantically to maintain the track prior to it’s misplaced forever.
Through interesting ancient learn and beguiling visits with the main famous seventy eight preservers, Amanda Petrusich bargains either a novel glimpse of the area of seventy eight gathering and the misplaced backwoods blues artists whose 78s from the Twenties and Nineteen Thirties haven't begun to be discovered or heard by means of sleek ears. We stick with the author’s descent into the oddball fraternity of collectors—including adventures with Joe Bussard, Chris King, John Tefteller, Pete Whelan, and more—who create and stick with their very own ideas, vocabulary, and economics and discover the basic genres of blues, folks, jazz, and gospel that gave seed to the rock, pop, nation, and hip-hop we pay attention this present day. From Thomas Edison to Jack White, Do no longer promote at Any fee is an untold, exciting tale of maintenance, loss, obsession, paintings, and the evolution of the recording codecs that experience replaced the methods we hearken to (and create) song.