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Rob Sheffield

“This is American history as the tale of an American obsession – the record collectors, be they scholars, scroungers, hoarders, or heroes. In this brilliant book, Petrusich hits the road with these junk-shop blues Ahabs around the country – she makes you feel the frenzy of the chase, on a crazed, loving quest to rescue lost music from oblivion.”

– Rob Sheffield, author of Love Is a Mix Tape and Turn Around Bright Eyes

John Jeremiah Sullivan

“One of the best things I’ve read about that inexplicably, but endlessly, fascinating group of people, the so-called Serious Collectors of 78s. Petrusich burrows into not just their personalities but the hunger that unites and drives their obsessions. She writes elegantly, and makes you think, and most important manages to hang onto her skepticism in the midst of her own collecting quest.”

– John Jeremiah Sullivan, author of Pulphead and Blood Horses

William Ferris

“Do Not Sell at Any Price tracks generations of obsessive collectors who dedicated their lives to the holy grail of blues and country music–78rpm records. Inspired by collectors like R. Crumb and Harry Smith, Amanda Petrusich wants each record ‘to keep playing forever, from somewhere deep inside my skull.’ Her book is essential reading for all who love American music.”

– William Ferris, author of Blues from the Delta and The Storied South

Lenny Kaye

“Amanda Petrusich’s fascinating and insightful journey into the arcane netherworld of 78 records and its bring-‘em-back-alive collectors brims with the joy and passion of discovery, along with a heartfelt affection for those who keep alight the flame of our musical heritage.”

– Lenny Kaye, guitarist, Nuggets anthologist, author You Call It Madness

Will Hermes

“Petrusich enters the dusty realms of 78 rpm record junkies, and like Rolling Stones chronicler Stanley Booth, catches her subjects’ disease. But she’s mostly interested in the emotional heart of things, and the old music’s strange power. An entertaining road tale and moving self-interrogation that dives deep for answers, sometimes literally.”

– Will Hermes, author of Love Goes to Buildings on Fire

Ann Powers

“This is an adventure story: Amanda in the Land of Magical Shellac. Petrusich, a warm and witty writer and longtime music journalist, encounters the eccentric, soulful characters who’ve devoted their lives to the arcane practice of hunting old records, shares stories of great lost musicians, and ponders the philosophical issues that make collecting more than just a fancy version of hoarding. Readers will be delighted to become her confidantes on this life-changing journey.”

– Ann Powers, author of Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America

Ken Jennings

“I don’t know hillbilly from Blind Willie, but I loved Amanda Petrusich’s archaeology of an almost-lost world of American music. Do Not Sell at Any Price is like a well-loved 78: it pops, it crackles, it seduces utterly.”

– Ken Jennings, author of Maphead