DUST & GROOVES

Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting is an inside look into the world of vinyl record collectors in the most intimate of environments—their record rooms. It all started out several years ago as nothing more than a way for photographer Eilon Paz to make use of his idle hours. Adrift in Brooklyn after emigrating from Israel, Eilon—a record collector on the side—thought it might be fun to start taking photos of people whose record collections were both larger and weirder than his own.

Adopting this as his personal project, he began traveling the world, from Australia to Cuba and Argentina to Ghana, in pursuit of intriguing and memorable subjects. Unearthing the very soul of the vinyl community, the assembly of portraits he created quickly turned into the Dust & Grooves website.

In the summer of 2012, Eilon launched a Kickstarter campaign that funded his road trip to shoot collectors throughout the American heartland, and since then, the project has been embraced by many friends and supporters who have volunteered to work with Eilon along the way. This year, Dust & Grooves expands even further, complementing the website’s cloud with a physical book that profiles over 130 vinyl collectors with photographic essays and in-depth interviews.

Dust & Grooves has engaged and connected the underground community of record collectors. As well as becoming a go-to place for vinyl lovers, it maintains the integrity and history of vinyl, as well as the musical heritage that goes along with every record in these collections. As technology moves forward and many music formats go digital, Eilon’s endeavor helps keep the rich, warm, analog life of vinyl spinning.

EILON PAZ - FOUNDER

Born in Israel, now residing in Brooklyn, NY, photographer Eilon Paz has traveled the world, from Australia to Cuba and Argentina to Ghana, in pursuit of intriguing and memorable subjects. He has shot for Israel’s top cultural publications and for the acclaimed cookbook “The Book of New Israeli Food” (Janna Gur, 2008 Schocken/Random House). Eilon’s work has appeared in worldwide publications such as Wax Poetics, Saveur, Monocle, Conde Nast Traveler, Delta Airlines’ Sky magazine, and the French music magazine Vibrations.

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Eilon Paz Founder_Round

JAMISON HARVEY
SOCIAL MEDIA & PROJECT COORDINATOR

Dad, Husband, DJ and vinyl excavator. The man behind “Flea Market Funk”. Always Diggin’

JESSICA LIPSKY
CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Jessica Lipsky is a DJ and journalist with a deep love of soul, funk, boogaloo and rocksteady. Raised in the Bay Area and currently living in Brooklyn, she enjoys tearing up dancefloors from coast to coast.

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JOSIAH TITUS
CONTRIBUTING WRITER & EDITOR

Josiah is a record collector and writer. From country 78s to avant-garde jazz, from singer songwriters to disco, his record collection runs the gamut. His stories have appeared in literary journals and anthologies. He lives with his wife and son in Minneapolis.

SAM SWIG
PROOF READER & EDITOR

Sam is a struggling writer and ravenous record collector from Oakland, CA. She is also an excellent mix tape maker and, in an effort to keep the art alive, will always send you one if you ask. Her mix tapes have been featured at Mount Analog and Wombleton Records in Los Angeles. Above all, she loves sharing music, making friends and eating pizza.

LILY WEN
RESEARCHER & PRODUCER

Lily met Eilon while working at Tropicalia in Furs, the East Village record store where it all began. She interned at Truth & Soul before label-hopping over to Nonesuch where she now works in publicity. Born in London and raised in New York, she loves acting, dancing, music from the early ‘70s, and Brazil.

Dust & Grooves is not affiliated with any vinyl retail store from Chicago. We love them nevertheless.