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8 Photos of Amazing Record Collections Around the World for Record Store Day

04/19/2014 at 06:00 PM EDT

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Eilon Paz for Dust & Grooves

Record Store Day 2014 is April 19. The annual holiday, conceived as a way for people to celebrate a cherished and once-dormant musical medium, sees record stores nationwide stock collector’s editions, hold special in-store events and celebrate vinyl’s resurgence.

Eilon Paz knows about vinyl. The N.Y.C.-based photographer started photographing record collectors in 2008 after emigrating from Israel, and his hobby/labor of love gradually grew into full-fledged work.

Paz’s beautiful coffee table book, Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting, is the official book of Record Store Day 2014, and features 250 staggeringly pretty full-page photos of record store collectors across the world, as well as 12 full-length interviews with various collectors. The book launches with an event Saturday at powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn.

Here are eight portraits from the book, along with an interview with Paz.

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Record collector Philip Osey Kojo, of Ghana

Eilon Paz for Dust & Grooves

PEOPLE: What do you think draws people to records, and collecting them?
Paz: Well, for most of the collectors I’ve photographed – not all – but for most, it comes down to a love of music. And vinyl is just the chosen medium. Then comes the element of collecting the actual physical object. People collect many things – stamps, hats, bottles of wine. But I think the reason the collectors want vinyl instead of CDs is that it’s a physical object that’s big, beautiful and sounds good.

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Record collector Mickey McGowan of San Rafael, Calif.

Eilon Paz for Dust & Grooves

Paz: I was always a record collector myself, since childhood. When I immigrated to New York in 2008, it was at the beginning of the economic recession, and I found myself without any work at all. I just found myself walking around in record stores, and after spending most of my money in record stores, I thought, “Well, I need to make use of this time and what I’ve done, and make something productive.”

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Record collector Keb Darge of London

Eilon Paz for Dust & Grooves

Paz: One of the first questions I ask people is, “Do you remember your first record?” and they answer right away. I don’t think you’d get the same answer if you ask, “What was the first MP3 you downloaded?”

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Record collector Joe Bussard Frederick, Md.

Eilon Paz for Dust & Grooves

Paz: Vinyl deserves your attention. It’s a little bit more work. It’s harder to collect vinyl. And that increases the value of it, personally.

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Record collector Eothen Alapatt, of Los Angeles, Calif.

Eilon Paz for Dust & Grooves

PEOPLE: One of the things people frequently mention is how album art matters less. As a visual artist, do you have any favorite album covers or artists who’ve done album art?
Paz: Strom Thorgerson and Hypgnosis were, I think, responsible for my passion for photography. When I was 16, I was trying to hit on the beautiful girls in my class, using the camera as a tool. But when it comes to artistic inclinations, when I started making artwork and producing images, the album cover to Pink Floyd’s Animals was one of my first inspirations.

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Record collector Philippe Cohen Solal, Paris

Eilon Paz for Dust & Grooves

Paz: One of my favorite things about working on Dust and Grooves was being able to work with the people who created some really iconic covers. I photographed B+, a photographer in L.A. who shot the cover of DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing…... It was a great honor for me, to be able to hang out and interact with someone I look up to.

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Record collector Cut Chemist, Los Angeles, Calif.

Eilon Paz for Dust & Grooves

PEOPLE: Do you have a favorite record store in New York?
Paz: The first shop that became my home, where the project started, was Tropicalia In Furs, which was in the East Village. My favorite in Brooklyn – that’s still open – is Black Gold Records in Carroll Gardens.

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Dust & Grooves author Eilon Paz

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Couple Married 70 Years Die 15 Hours Apart

04/19/2014 at 04:50 PM EDT

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Kenneth and Helen Felumlee in 1941

Courtesy Felumlee Family/AP

An Ohio couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart.

Helen Felumlee, of Nashport, died at 92 on April 12. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died the next morning.

The couple’s eight children say the two had been inseparable since meeting as teenagers, once sharing the bottom of a bunk bed on a ferry rather than sleeping one night apart, the Zanesville Times Recorder reports.

They remained deeply in love until the very end, even eating breakfast together while holding hands, said their daughter, Linda Cody.

“We knew when one went, the other was going to go,” she said.

According to Cody, about 12 hours after Helen died, Kenneth looked at his children and said, “Mom’s dead.” He quickly began to fade and was surrounded by 24 of his closest family members and friends when he died the next morning.

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Kenny and Helen Felmlee and their eight children in 2012

Dick Felumlee / AP

“He was ready,” Cody said. “He just didn’t want to leave her here by herself.”

Son Dick Felumlee said his parents died of old age, surrounded by family.

“At Dad’s bed we were singing his favorite hymns, reading scriptures and praying with him,” he told The Associated Press in an email. “It was a going away party, and we know he loved it.”

The pair had known each other for several years when they eloped in Newport, Ky., across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, on Feb. 20, 1944. At two days shy of his 21st birthday, Kenneth – who went by Kenny – was too young to marry in Ohio.

“He couldn’t wait,” son Jim Felumlee said.

Kenneth worked as a railroad car inspector and mechanic before becoming a mail carrier for the Nashport Post Office. He was active in his Nashport-Irville United Methodist Church as a Sunday school teacher.

Helen stayed at home, not only cooking and cleaning for her own family but also for other families in need in the area. She taught Sunday school, too, but was known more for her greeting card ministry, sending cards for birthdays, sympathy and the holidays to everyone in her community, each with a personal note inside.

“She kept Hallmark in business,” daughter-in-law Debbie Felumlee joked.

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Kate Holmes Celebrates Suri’s Birthday with Cupcake Greeting

04/19/2014 at 03:00 PM EDT

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Katie Holmes (inset) shares her birthday greeting to daughter Suri

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Katie Holmes‘s precious little cupcake got a sweet treat on her birthday.

Twelve sweet treats, to be exact.

Suri Cruise celebrated her 8th birthday Friday, and proud mama Katie took to Twitter to share her excitement about the festive occasion.

The actress, 35, posted a black-and-white snapshot showing a dozen cupcakes with the message “Happy Birthday Suri,” the goodies tantalizingly laid out on a checkered platter atop polka-dot ribbons.

“Best day ever!!!!!!” Holmes captioned the pic, which she shared with her 88,000 followers.

Holmes, who is gearing up to return to TV to play a Manhattan socialite in an upcoming ABC drama, has made it clear that her daughter will always remain her top priority.

“The No. 1 thing is making sure my child feels loved. And good about herself,” she recently told Elle U.K.. “And that what she does and who she is is special and should be celebrated.”

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Miley Cyrus Wears Duck-Face Oxygen Mask, Postpones U.S. Bangerz Tour

04/19/2014 at 12:10 PM EDT

Miley Cyrus is getting her ducks in a row after being hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics.

The pop star announced on her website Friday that she is postponing the remainder of her U.S. Bangerz tour as she continues to undergo treatment for her health scare.

“All remaining U.S. dates on the Miley Cyrus Bangerz tour have been postponed,” the statement read. “Miley is continuing to recover from the severe allergic reaction she suffered on April 15. Existing tickets will be honored on the new dates, which include previously canceled and postponed dates. Additionally, two tour dates have been added in Pittsburgh and Chicago.”

Cyrus, however, has not canceled the European leg of her tour, which is expected to “proceed as planned.”

The 21-year-old singer seems to be keeping a healthy sense of humor throughout her hospital downtime: Late Friday, she posted an Instagram photo showing her wearing a duck-face oxygen mask.

“This hospitals full of a bunch of QUACKS (get it??? Quacks),” she wrote, including the hashtags: “#punnyeveninthehospy #stayinglightlovingandpositive #imissbangerztour #tryingtonotbebitter.”

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