Vinyl Archivist Gilles Peterson 'Digs America' BBC radio host and DJ Gilles Peterson is famous in Britain for his compilation CDs of rare funk/soul/jazz tunes. Now Peterson is taking his act across the Atlantic with a new compilation CD of tunes by little-known American artists salvaged from the bins of used record shops.
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Vinyl Archivist Gilles Peterson 'Digs America'

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Vinyl Archivist Gilles Peterson 'Digs America'

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BBC DJ and record lover Gilles Peterson sifts through the bins of LPs at Record Surplus in Los Angeles, Calif.

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Gilles Peterson is something of a legend in the tight-knit community of DJs who revere the vinyl LPs and turntables of a bygone era.

He makes his living collecting LPs and compiling rare tracks onto CDs. He's also the DJ of a long-running radio show on BBC — and something of a "tastemaker" for other DJs in the U.K. and Europe.

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Now Peterson is taking his act across the Atlantic with a new compilation CD, Gilles Peterson Digs America: Brownswood U.S.A.

He's collected so many disks over the years that he had to move his family to a new home in England — his first home has become a warehouse for his records, a shrine to analog technology called Brownswood.

Peterson's eclectic approach to collecting enables him to recognize a jewel when he finds one. "Many factors make records collectable," says reporter Derek Rath. "The artist, the label, the number of records pressed, and historic significance."

And Peterson's encyclopedic knowledge of the funk and soul genre makes diving into LP bins at used record stores an adventure. Some rare singles sell for thousands of dollars.

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Album
Gilles Peterson Digs America: Brownswood U.S.A.
Artist
Various Artists
Label
Ubiquity Recordings
Released
2005

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