Featuring individual artists, the hottest genres, rarities, tips for buying and selling, not to mention the critical differences between modern reissues vs. early pressings, this exciting new title is the perfect how-to guide for a new generation of vinyl record music lovers and collectors. Vinyl records are Back in Black. And this how-to guide is the perfect reference for the millions of young vinyl enthusiasts--as well as an older crowd returning to their vinyl roots. You will find chapters on collecting individual artists and genres (Beatles, Elvis, the Rolling Stones, Psych, Punk, Surf, Northern Soul and many others taking you through the advent of vinyl to today. Author Dave Thompson will discuss the greatest rarities on the market, grading, artwork, the keys to successful buying and selling, coloured vinyl, picture discs and a host of other cool topics sure to light the fire to those new (and old) to the vinyl party. AUTHOR: Dave Thompson is one of the leading authorities on all things music. He is the editor and vinyl record market analyst for Standard Catalog of American Records, Goldmine Album Price Guide and Goldmine Jazz Album Price Guide. Thompson has published more than 100 books--including 1000 Songs That Rock Your World--and is a regular contributor to Goldmine magazine, as well as Rolling Stone. A prodigious writer, Thompson was ranked as one of the Top 5 biographers by Mojo magazine. His biographies have included works on David Bowie, Deep Purple, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Cure, KISS and many, many more. SELLING POINTS: * A handy, compact how-to guide for collecting vinyl records that includes the greatest rarities on the market in collectible genres such as Rock, Punk, Surf, Psychedelic, Northern Soul and more. * Play it or stash it - shows readers what's valuable and what's simply fun. * Includes a Grading Guide - so you don't get screwed by the unrighteous. * For the 7th straight year, more vinyl albums were sold than in any other year since Nielsen started tracking music sales in 1991.