Tragedy in Vinyl: The Archive

I watched this gorgeous short film The Archive a couple of weeks ago.

It tells the story of Paul Mawhinney who has given his entire life to amassing what has become the world’s largest record collection. Mawhinney has over a million albums in his possession, including the world’s 1st flat record made in 1881. Due to health issues and a struggling record industry, Paul is being forced to sell his most prized collection.

Director Sean Dunne, whose film was an official selection for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival became fascinated by Mawhinney’s story when he heard of his attempt to sell his collection on eBay…

To him he represented the last of a dying breed, the downfall of the music industry, problems with the economy and health care. His problems started when he had a stroke, went blind and the medical bills started piling up. Then mp3’s came out and his business died. He was left with the world’s largest record collection and no one to buy it. Tragic and bizarre. I couldn’t resist this story.

2 Responses

  1. That is such a great story. Well, terrible but great. And a beautiful example of short doco.

  2. […] Mawhinney’s astounding vinyl archive was the first (and can be viewed in full at the post Tragedy in Vinyl). Another was the Rauch Brother’s animated tribute to Battle of the Bulge veteran Joseph […]

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