Books and vinyl records go together like peanut butter and jelly.
Yes, several vendors will be selling vinyl records @ Detroit Festival of Books (aka: Detroit Bookfest).
We will also have DJ Zig-Zag playing funk music.
The Joy of Vinyl Records
LP’s (aka: vinyl records) are currently outselling digital downloads and CD’s by $200 million dollars!
According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), this is a new and positive trend. And we hope it continues. Why? Because there is no adequate substitute for vinyl records.
When you download an MP3 audio file, the music gets compressed and you lose the fullness of sound that you get on vinyl records. The sound on vinyl is more expansive, nuanced and loaded with delicious sonic subtleties that are lost on all other formats. You can feel the music when listening to LP’s.
Plus, vinyl record listening, collecting and appreciation is a wonderful culture. Buying records at a store and listening to it is a fun and meaningful experience. You develop great relationships with record store owners and come to enjoy the variety of eclectic tastes out there.
If you’re just starting out, make sure you:
- Buy a good, quality turntable
- Buy at least 2-4 good, quality speakers
- Buy some record crates to store your records in
- Buy some record sleeves to protect your records
- Get some good chairs for you and your friends to sit in
You don’t need to worry about cork mats, titanium tone arms, 180-gram vinyl, etc, when starting out. Just enjoy digging in crates and listening to good music that you like.
Audiophiles are vinyl connoisseurs whom appreciate hi-fi records and the sport & hobby of amassing an incredible collection of high grade records. Audiophiles are very knowledgeable and have years of experience. But you do not need to be an audiophile to appreciate good records.
We also want to thank Third Man Records Detroit and Archer Record Pressing Plant for making vinyl records in Detroit!
DJ Zig-Zag will be bringing the funk, the whole funk and nothing but the funk to Detroit Festival of Books (aka: Detroit Bookfest).
Why do we love funk music?
Because it’s fun, upbeat, and there’s a certain Detroitness to funk music and a certain funk music vibe to the city of Detroit.
One of the big inspirations for us having funk music at Bookfest is Detroit DJ Frank Raines and his Funk Night Music parties.
Going strong since 2001, they are held the last Friday of every month at a different spot in Detroit. Frank spins funk records and they have live funk bands. We highly recommend you check them out!
MC5, Wayne Kramer & 50 Years of Kickin’ Out the Jams!
The rock band MC5 formed in Lincoln Park, Michigan in 1964.
On Devils Night and Halloween 1968, they recorded their famous ‘Kick Out the Jams’ album live at Detroit’s legendary Grande Ballroom. This album propelled them to international acclaim.
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of MC5 and leader Wayne Kramer is leading MC5 on a historic 50th Anniversary concert tour that will culminate in an October live show at the Fillmore Detroit.
Mr. Kramer is also releasing his memoir ‘The Hard Stuff’ this August 14th via Da Capo Press.
Make sure you check out the book and tour!
Vinyl Record Stores in Southeast Michigan
The city of Detroit, Greater Detroit area and city of Ann Arbor are loaded with great vinyl record stores.
There are probably 40+ record stores in Southeast Michigan.
Here’s a random sampling of some:
Detroit-Third Man Records
Hamtramck-Lo and Behold!
Garden City-Rock of Ages
Ypsilanti-Technical Equipment Supply
Mount Clemens-Weirdsville Records
Eastpointe-Melodies & Memories
Oak Park-Street Corner Music
Royal Oak-Solo Records & Tapes
Roseville-The Road Show
Ann Arbor-Encore Records
Ann Arbor-Underground Sounds
Ann Arbor-Wazoo Records
Ann Arbor-PJ’s Used Records
Wayne Kramer MC5
Third Man Records Detroit
Archer Record Pressing (Detroit)
Buy Peaches Record Crates (Peaches was a famous record store at 5120 Schaefer Road, Dearborn, Michigan in the 1970’s-80’s)
The Vinyl Factory (cool vinyl record blog)
Stereophile (high-end vinyl records and gear for audiophiles)
Vintage King Audio (Ferndale, Michigan)
Paragon Sound (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
David Michael Audio (Royal Oak, Michigan)
Audio Dimensions (Royal Oak, Michigan)