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Paul’s Records: How a refugee from the Vietnam War found success selling vinyl on the streets of Hong Kong

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by Andrew S. Guthrie

As a youth in Saigon’s Chinatown of the 1960s and ’70s, Paul Au was greatly affected by American “hippie” culture and Rock and Roll. He was smuggled into Hong Kong in 1974 to escape the South Vietnamese military draft.

At first living in rooftop squats, he started to trade used vinyl records on the streets of Sham Shui Po, and finally established an underground reputation for his eclectic blend and unending supply of recorded music.

This full-colour book uses sample records and sleeve art to depict the evolution of popular music in Hong Kong since the 1970s, and describes the down-to-earth part of Kowloon, with its walk-up buildings and street markets, that Paul Au has become synonymous with.

Paul’s Records solidifies Andrew Guthrie’s status as the most perceptive, and astute, observer of the lingering appeal of recording and cassette culture in post-colonial Hong Kong.” – Giorgio Biancorosso, Associate Professor, Department of Music, The University of Hong Kong

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Product Description

As a youth in Saigon’s Chinatown of the 1960s and ’70s, Paul Au was greatly affected by American “hippie” culture and Rock and Roll. He was smuggled into Hong Kong in 1974 to escape the South Vietnamese military draft. At first living in rooftop squats, he started to trade used vinyl records on the streets of Kowloon, and finally established an underground reputation for his eclectic blend and unending supply of recorded music.

Endorsements
Paul’s Records solidifies Andrew Guthrie’s status as the most perceptive, and astute, observer of the lingering appeal of recording and cassette culture in post-colonial Hong Kong. His book combines a quirky sensibility with impeccable musical taste, and can be read as both a historical account and a lyrical paean to a distinctive mode of listening. Paul’s Records is augmented by an eloquent coterie of photographs whose layout is as significant as their content.” – Giorgio Biancorosso, Associate Professor, Department of Music, The University of Hong Kong

“Paul is a loyal vinyl collector and I admire his dedication. His collection of vinyl LPs is beyond words. He’s like a vinyl madman who hasn’t even had the time to listen to them all.” – Uncle Ray Cordeiro MBE, RTHK Radio 3

Additional Information

Dimensions 127 x 178 mm
Pages

136

Binding

Paperback

Illustrations

Full-colour photographs throughout

About the author

Andrew S. Guthrie was born in New York City, lived for most of his life in Boston, Massachusetts, and moved to Hong Kong in 2005. While in the States he exhibited at the Boston Institute for Contemporary Art in 1996 and was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Photography in 2003. His cultural history/artist edition of the 1960s by way of ten 45rpm singles, titled Broken Records: 1960–1969, is in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York City.