The Archive. A short film about a lot of records.

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Paul Mawhinney’s has a 50 million dollar record collection. I always imagined there must be people with insanely huge vinyl collections. I personally have 5000 records in storage all mostly from the 80s. My favorite 12″? A German edition of Depeche Mode’s “Leave in Silence” on clear vinyl.

Paul Mawhinney was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Over the years he has amassed what has become the world’s largest record collection. Due to health issues and a struggling record industry Paul is being forced to sell his collection.

This is the story of a man and his records. I hope you enjoy it. –

So are you still hording a giant record collection? Do you have any records that are crazy expensive collectors items?

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Oliver Chesler

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6 thoughts on “The Archive. A short film about a lot of records.”

  1. Yeah, I’ve still got all my old albums although after a couple of moves (I’m from England but now live in the US after living in Italy for a couple of years), and breakups my collection seems to have shrunk a little unfortunately.

    I’ve no idea if these are worth anything but here are 3 that I picked out the other week when I was going through my records. So, good timing. Original 1979 pressing of Tubeway Army’s Replicas. German import of Erasure’s 12″ Vixen Vitesse mix of Victim Of Love on blue/white vinyl, has a sticker on the front “Platte in farbigem vinyl”. Depeche Mode’s 12″ Quad Final Mix of Enjoy The Silence. It’s the one with the laser etching of the rose on one side of the vinyl.

  2. did this collection end up getting sold? i heard of a massive record collection being brought for just over 3 million recently, like a few months back, wondering if this was it. Hope it lands in good hands and is continued on. And maybe digitally record each and every record in 1bit 5.6mhz archival format? Would take a while, but it would be oh so sweet, a grand service to humanity.

  3. This is like the film industy. Run by pigs in suits, looking to squeeze as much money as possible out of people, like a fart.
    I truly hope 35mm is not phased out completly. Well i guess in small citys it will be, cause they have to survive. Hopefully there are dedicated filmmakers out there who are going to keep it alive, as well as foriegn cinema. This said and done, the music industy will never back down, its the American classical way. Though the real musicians, I dislike the word underground, will obviously keep vinyl records alive, not to mention the foward thinking youth, and electronic music faithfull to the quality and space of a hard format like vinyl. Its a matter of exploitation really, it always happens unfortuanly. You cant buy a synthesizer today for its sound, you have to buy one for its ‘rarity’ and ‘pureness’. Slags disguised as men exploiting art with hype to get absolutley astonishing prices from people wanting to enjoy a classic instrument.Well, whats new? SAMO. The world is fucked, I think we need to go back to wearing suits and skirts, and no more teenage mind set shit, and the weak 85% of the braindead population can just fester and die off.
    People like Paul Mawhinney astound me with their dedication to an art forgotten to rats.
    Thank you Paul for the cottage cheese industry wake up call.

  4. John Smith 1882, you’re right sir. The world is in a state of depression and concrete will hit hard. A bottle of coke is over $3 now! 6 months ago it was $2.50! what the fuck. Can you imagine paying for a glass bottle of coke in the next few years for over $5?!
    Milk is over $4! Cereal $7?
    what is happening?
    Once again, John Smith totally agree, could’nt have said it better my man. Ha genius to be frank! ;)

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