8 Photos of Amazing Record Collections Around the World for Record Store Day

04/19/2014 at 06:00 PM EDT

Record Store Day: Eilon Paz's Dust & Grooves Showcases Vinyl Collections
DJ Akalepse from Brooklyn, N.Y.
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Record Store Day 2014 is April 19. The annual holiday, conceived as a way for people to celebrate a cherished and once-dormant musical medium, sees record stores nationwide stock collector's editions, hold special in-store events and celebrate vinyl's resurgence.

Eilon Paz knows about vinyl. The N.Y.C.-based photographer started photographing record collectors in 2008 after emigrating from Israel, and his hobby/labor of love gradually grew into full-fledged work.

Paz's beautiful coffee table book, Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting, is the official book of Record Store Day 2014, and features 250 staggeringly pretty full-page photos of record store collectors across the world, as well as 12 full-length interviews with various collectors. The book launches with an event Saturday at powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn.

Here are eight portraits from the book, along with an interview with Paz.
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Record collector Philip Osey Kojo, of Ghana

Eilon Paz for Dust & Grooves

PEOPLE: What do you think draws people to records, and collecting them?
Paz: Well, for most of the collectors I've photographed – not all – but for most, it comes down to a love of music. And vinyl is just the chosen medium. Then comes the element of collecting the actual physical object. People collect many things – stamps, hats, bottles of wine. But I think the reason the collectors want vinyl instead of CDs is that it's a physical object that's big, beautiful and sounds good.

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Record collector Mickey McGowan of San Rafael, Calif.

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Paz: I was always a record collector myself, since childhood. When I immigrated to New York in 2008, it was at the beginning of the economic recession, and I found myself without any work at all. I just found myself walking around in record stores, and after spending most of my money in record stores, I thought, "Well, I need to make use of this time and what I've done, and make something productive."

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Record collector Keb Darge of London

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Paz: One of the first questions I ask people is, "Do you remember your first record?" and they answer right away. I don't think you'd get the same answer if you ask, "What was the first MP3 you downloaded?"

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Record collector Joe Bussard Frederick, Md.

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Paz: Vinyl deserves your attention. It's a little bit more work. It's harder to collect vinyl. And that increases the value of it, personally.

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Record collector Eothen Alapatt, of Los Angeles, Calif.

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PEOPLE: One of the things people frequently mention is how album art matters less. As a visual artist, do you have any favorite album covers or artists who've done album art?
Paz: Strom Thorgerson and Hypgnosis were, I think, responsible for my passion for photography. When I was 16, I was trying to hit on the beautiful girls in my class, using the camera as a tool. But when it comes to artistic inclinations, when I started making artwork and producing images, the album cover to Pink Floyd's Animals was one of my first inspirations.

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Record collector Philippe Cohen Solal, Paris

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Paz: One of my favorite things about working on Dust and Grooves was being able to work with the people who created some really iconic covers. I photographed B+, a photographer in L.A. who shot the cover of DJ Shadow's Endtroducing...... It was a great honor for me, to be able to hang out and interact with someone I look up to.

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Record collector Cut Chemist, Los Angeles, Calif.

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PEOPLE: Do you have a favorite record store in New York?
Paz: The first shop that became my home, where the project started, was Tropicalia In Furs, which was in the East Village. My favorite in Brooklyn – that's still open – is Black Gold Records in Carroll Gardens.

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Dust & Grooves author Eilon Paz

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