In a recent episode of the Fuse series Crate Diggers (embedded below), the self-described “artist, activist, and DJ” Shepard Fairey offered a glimpse into his vast and rarity-filled record collection. The L.A.-based artist, who has designed album covers for the Black Eyed Peas, the Smashing Pumpkins, Flogging Molly, Led Zeppelin, Anthrax, and others, estimates that he has about 4,000 records in his collection.
“The very first record I ever bought, this is pretty embarrassing, was ‘YMCA’ by the Village People,” Fairey admits. “One of the next records I remember buying was Joan Jett’s ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ and I remember that the 45 of that was pressed super-loud, and I loved that because I didn’t have a really powerful stereo.”
In addition to organizing his vast collection by alphabetically — although one section of it is organized by beats per minute — he also keeps some records classified by genre, though he warns that this often engenders “semantic warfare.”
Watch Shepard Fairey discuss his record collection, and music’s importance to his art:
— Benjamin Sutton
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