This book is a tribute to vinyl, a format that is making a spectacular comeback recently, although for many music lovers it never really disappeared.

Brazilian superstar Ed Motta came to Holland to buy an apartment, but spent all his money on vinyl instead. When a young Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth discovered a scratch on his recently bought Bathory LP he demolished his bedroom. It’s Atlantic’s CEO Craig Kallman mission to own all relevant albums on vinyl. He has 750.000 already. That’s what vinyl does with music lovers.

In Passion For Vinyl a wide selection of DJ’s, musicians, label owners, designers, record dealers, collectors and engineers like Henry Rollins, Bernie Grundman, Hans Pokora, Chris Ellis, Steffi, Mala, Vaughan Oliver, Lee Dorrian, Jacco Gardner, John Dyer Baizley and many others share their unconditional love for vinyl. They muse about the first record that changed their lives, talk about their prized collectibles and explain why they were determined to keep vinyl alive. Passion for Vinyl also tells the history of Record Industry, the Dutch factory that has been pressing vinyl since the 1950’s.

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Ramesh Soekhoe (Vinyl Grove)
Ferry Roseboom (Excelsior Recordings)
Craig Kallman (Atlantic Records)
Ziya Ertekin (Blue Flamingo)
Henry Rollins
Andreas Spreer (Tacet)
Mario Goossens (Triggerfinger)
Keith Jones (Fruits de Mer)
John Dyer Baizley (Baroness)
Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth)
Hans Pokora (Record Collector Dreams)
Jan van Ditmarsch (Bertus)
Jean-Claude Thompson (If Music)
Michael Fremer
Lewis Durham (Kitty, Daisy & Lewis)
Chris Ellis
Markus Klumpp (Nuclear Blast Records)
Nigel House (Rough Trade)
Bernie Grundman
Serge Verschuur (Clone)
Karel van den Audenaerde (Music mania)
Mark Klinkhamer (Music On Vinyl)
Kevin Lewandowski (Discogs)
Vaughan Oliver
Rinus Hooning (Record Industry)
Torsten Pröfrock (Hard Wax)
Sean Davies
Ed Motta
Lee Dorrian (Rise Above Records)
Ton Vermeulen (Record Industry)
Dennis van Tetering
Jacco Gardner
Antoine Dhoey (Record Collector)
James Burton (Warp)
Désirée Hanssen (Lay Bare Recordings)
Richard Smith (Slice of Spice)


Robert Haagsma

Passion For Vinyl is written by Dutch author, music journalist and incurable vinyl fanatic Robert Haagsma.

‘About twenty years ago I began to write about music, for newspapers and magazines. I am currently part of the editorial team of metal magazine Aardschok and the all-round music magazine Revolver’s Lust For Life. Articles also appeared in various international publications like Record Collector and Ugly Things. I’ve written books about local and international acts like Golden Earring, Pink Floyd and The Beach Boys. Although I play the occasional CD and DVD, I still think that a vinyl record is the best sound carrier ever invented. It doesn’t matter whether it’s an audiophile pressing of a classical piece or a heavy slab of Norwegian black metal – when the needle hits the groove it never fails to captivate me.’