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A valuable little handbook for the majority of today's record collectors who are themselves neither performing musicians nor even able to read music, and who are all too prone to blunder into the blind alley of trying to keep up with the musical Joneses instead of acquiring a record collection they themselves can truly enjoy. The author points out that the most important consideration in building a library is always ""working with the grain of one's temperament"". An intensive cultivation of whatever specific musical region each of us selects for himself--instinctively or rationally--as the most congenial ""home-place"" in which to live, work, play and grow is the best sort of start for the average collector; and once this is established each can then begin branching out as he wishes. But the prime shaping force always must be one's own personality and one's own recognition of it--so that the record library becomes not a museum of carefully preserved musical artifacts but a host of Good Companions who will provide a stable oasis of intellectual and emotional pleasure and relaxation in our tense modern lives. Divided into three parts, the book deals first with the listener's instinctive tastes and discoveries, then suggests a means by which maturing listeners can orient themselves on music history and survey more systematically the available treasures of the phonograph, and, finally, deals with the different types of music and the personalties they attract. As good a guids for the average, bewildered and groping collector as any now on the market.

Publisher: Knopf