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About this Project:
With a website launched in October 2008 by Brooklyn-based professional photographer and vinyl addict Eilon Paz, D&G profiles individual collectors from all over the world in their natural environment – usually at home with their personal collections. Each subject is interviewed in depth about their devotion to vinyl, then each conversation is paired with a beautiful series of portrait photographs by Eilon that capture the heart and soul of this passionate avocation. Together, words and images tell the story of the love affair between collector and collection, and preserve a record of music that otherwise might be lost.
Dust &Grooves has featured a broad spectrum of vinyl enthusiasts from the US and abroad, making it the only international photo documentary of its kind. Reaching academic music historians and pop culture premiers as well as closet collectors and workaday couples who spin together at night, Eilon has paid homage to this infatuation and tradition by illuminating one unique collector at a time.
Documenting vinyl collectors?
I moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2008 after having a successful career as a photographer in Israel. I decided to move to NY to evolve, expand, and progress as a professional photographer. As a working photographer,I was always on the look out for personal projects to nourish my creativity, and since I’m primarily a portrait photographer, I was looking for a subject matter that will fulfill my passion for photography and music. I was always collecting records, but back home it was very limited. When I arrived to NY suddenly the sky was the limit. People were digging for vinyl records everywhere. It suddenly made sense that there is a whole scene here that could and should be documented. This gave me a whole new inspiration for a personal project.
How many collectors have I profiled already?
Since I started the project I traveled thru out the world and managed to profile collectors of diverse walks of life. DJs, music historians, truck drivers, post men, fashion designers, I'm interested in getting the broadest spectrum and not limit the project to a narrow profile. I have travelled to the UK, France, Israel, Turkey, Argentina, Ghana and the US and profiled over 40 different collectors already.
How did I come up with an idea for a book?
My initial thoughts were just to start a personal photo project, with no immediate future plans for it. When I started blogging about it, it drew a lot of attention through the web and social media. It slowly gained popularity, and I was approached by other collectors and photographers who told me I should make a book out of it. I was hesitant at first, and after taking a bird’s eye view of the project, I realized I had a broad and diverse selection of characters. This could be a great book not only for the music and the stories behind it, but also for the human aspect of it.
Why a road trip?
In order to fulfill my artistic vision of this book, and not compromise on the content, I have decided I need to profile another 30 collectors to have a greater variety of characters and stories to tell. I have decided to make a dedicated effort, gather all my energies, network and funds and give myself a deadline for the book publication. On september 2012 I will embark on a two-month, 11,000-mile, 30-interview Americana journey accompanied by a videographer, with regular appearances on local radio stations, music blogs and dedicated vinyl websites. The cross-country road trip will hit major music heritage hubs like New Orleans, birthplace of Jazz, and L.A., home of the Chicano Punk Rock scene of the ’80s, plus less likely enclaves like Muscle Shoals, AL. These culture-rich areas will connect me with an expansive variety of music meccas and record fans to reveal lost collections and musical oddities. Professional country music archivists in Nashville, basement-dwelling punks on the outskirts of Omaha, and college town record store owners in the southwest will all be documented by my camera.
Dust & Grooves: The Book will be the culmination of five years of D&G research and records. Select photographs and interviews from the site and the road trip will be interspersed with an expanded subject pool covering the secret vinyl goldmines of my subjects. Framed by insightful essays and packed with sharp photography, the book will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers, crossing over die-hard vinyl enthusiasts to also reach fans of pop culture, portrait photography, creative interviews, and music history.
8x8 inch (possibly larger), printed on beautiful matte paper and designed by award winner graphic designer Juan Miguel Marin.
Dust & Grooves in the press:
NEW REWARD: THE AEIOU MIXTAPE FOR DUST & GROOVES
We headed down to Philadelphia to visit TripleDouble (Tony Larson) and his crew, Duey FM and Master Sinh. Tony had taken us through the streets of Phily on a digging quest to make this mixtape. The result is an incredible hour long mix of breaks, Rock, Funk, Psych, Brazilian and Hip Hop.
NEW REWARD: THE DUST & GROOVES POSTER
17x22 inch, some of Dust & Grooves' best photos on one page. $35
First batch is is a limited edition of 100 pieces.
NEW REWARD: THE DJ PRESTIGE MIXTAPE
DJ Prestige compiled an extra funky mixtape made specially for you!! get it and learn do dance the Funky Chicken, The mashed potatoes, The Robot and many other funky moves....
Stay with us, night and day. We'll be your computer's best friends with some cool looking desktops.
5x7" Photo Cards
Printed on "Moab" matte archival paper, these are the perfect postcard you'll be keeping at home. They look great and even smell great!
8x10" Archival Prints
Same as the 5x7" prints... Just bigger!
T-Shirt - Flip The Record Dude!
An original design by designer Brian Ho, which corresponds with a legendary record by Larry Young - "Unity".
5x7 Limited Edition Box Set
A little box of wonders! Get a limited edition box set of 25 5x7 prints, beautifully printed on "Moab" archival matte paper and a personal dedication from me.
THE REAL THING! 8x8" square format, 200 pages, printed on matte paper. Will be designed by award winning graphic designer and art director Juan Miguel Marin. and will feature 30 collectors and their stories from all around the world.
NEW REWARD: Shantell Martin's Line drawing inspired by Dust & Grooves
Award winning artist Shantell Martin donated a limited edition line drawing art specially created for the Dust & Grooves kickstarter campaign. Based on word association such as: Funk, Soul, Grooves, Herbie, Rock and many more, Shantell took a 30 minute ride with her pen and notebook, to draw this collectible item. an 8X10 inch art piece, limited edition of 27 pieces, printed on glossy archival photo paper.
How did we come out with this amount of pledge?
We are doing something pretty unique here. We need to not just cover the book publishing and printing cost, the design and the editing ($10,000), but also cover the actual production and story gathering phase of the book (the road trip) which is an additional $12,000 for the 2 months on the road. On top of that, we need to pay for shipping, promoting and commissions ($5000). This is a labour of love and I'm not trying to make money out of it.
A note on how to use kickstarter to make a pledge:
To make a pledge to Dust & Grooves click the green “Back This Project” button. You will be asked to enter your pledge amount and select a reward. Then, you will go through and must complete the Amazon checkout process. If the project is successfully funded, your card will be charged when the book reaches its funding deadline. The book is expected to be published around late April 2013 and will ship shortly afterwards, prints can come before.
Important note: Amazon payments will bill your card only after and if the project has reached it's goal.
Please help in any way you can. even $1 counts and highly appreciated.
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Keep Vinyl Alive !
Video by Shelly Carmel shellycarmel.com
Music by King Britt kingbritt.com
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