The Vinyl Princess
is a young adult novel set in the East Bay, primarily in a used record store on Telegraph Avenue, featuring a 16-year-old clerk whose deep love of vinyl is matched by her nearly autistic command of it. These are dangerous themes, clearly. Tackle any one of the iconic subjects the freakshow that is Telegraph, the history of rock, vinyl, Amoeba (or Rasputin, if you swing that way) and people will be quick to check your work, eager to dismiss you as a hack. And dont think you can hide behind the YA label you wont be forgiven for messing up the kids. Prinz succeeds beautifully, however, and no less a rock-purist crowd than Daniel Handler, Frank Portman, Terry Zwigoff, and Colin Meloy appear on the back of the book, blurbing admiration. Prinz had to succeed, really; failure isnt an option when you own three high-holy churches and your credibility is on the line. Which is to say: Yvonne Prinz owns Amoeba Music, all of them. (For any young adults out there, dont worry, theres plenty of the usual YA stuff boys, mom, dad, boys to keep you entertained between the crap about your parents music.)
Matthew Edwards of the Music Lovers appears with Yvonne Prinz.
Thu., Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m., 2010