How a record store grew out of a fire that destroyed a lifetime collection


    Mr Collins lost his lifetime vinyl collection in bushfires two years ago and is using his shop as a means to build it up again

    You set up shop in Bororen, a tiny town on the Bruce Highway in Central Queensland.

    This is what happened to Scott Collins, who opened his business in November and is, for the first time, taking part in Record Store Day.

    « Unfortunately, my house burnt down a couple of years ago in the bushfires and 15,000 records were lost, » he said.

    « You can imagine that sort of collection and how long it’s taken me and the miles I’ve travelled to get those records, and to see them all go up in smoke.

    « It was pretty heart-wrenching, and anyone out there who loves vinyl as much as I do would realise what that would be like. »

    Mr Collins is on the constant hunt for records to resupply what he has lost — particularly his Miles Davis: Kind of Blue, and he says the shop gives him that opportunity.

    « There are so many people out there with the records just sitting in their back shed, » he said.

    On Record Store Day, now in its 13th year and running in 26 countries, hundreds of records are pressed, ranging from Prince’s Sign O’ The Times to the soundtrack of The Dark Knight Rises.

    « I love the old and the new, and you can’t always find the records you like that were pressed 40 to 50 years ago, but now with the popularity of records, these old records are getting pressed again, » he said.

    Mr Collins began his collection when he was 12 years old, when his mother bought his first record.

    « The fact you now have 10 to 12-year-old kids coming in to buy records is great, » he said.

    Mr Collins said although Australia stopped making vinyl in 1991, the record industry never died.

    « People still held on to their records and kept playing them, and people have pulled out their old collections, dusted them off and bought a brand new record player, » he said.

    « I’m just happy they never used them for landfill. It makes me sad to think people are still throwing them into the tip when they can go to a good home like mine, » Mr Collins laughed.

    Mr Collins cleans them up and then sells them to young people, who can then listen to what « us old people » used to listen to.

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    AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time which is 10 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)


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