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Alan Zweig explores the eclectic world of record collecting.


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<Is it possible to have hundreds of thousands of records and still lead a normal life? If you have to move records out of the way to make it to the bathroom or if you’ve memorised the track listings for every K-Tel collection, are these warning signs? Enter the unusual, sometimes slightly sad world of obsessive record collectors and discover what happens when you have one record too many.

After the life-altering sale of his favourite Curtis Mayfield LP, Alan Zweig began to question the pitfalls in his personal life. Once the initial proclamation had taken hold, Zweig felt compelled to venture into basements, lounge rooms, barns, dumpsters and back yards of Toronto to search out like-minded vinyl purists, ever hopeful for some resolution or revelation about the pathology of record collecting.

With brutal honesty and self-deprecating humour, Zweig quizzes each of his participants about their deep affection for collecting and, more importantly, whether their obsession has taken a toll on their life. For others, however, Zweig’s questions spark deep thought and, for some, admissions of antisocial behaviour. In one of the most poignant moments of the film, an interviewee admits that, at the end of the day, he just feels more confident in the aisles of a record store than at a party. >

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