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RecordAs soon as he started listening to music as a kid, Dr Geoff Henzell of New England Dental Group in Armidale, NSW, knew there was no such thing as too much music.

I own about 1500 vinyl albums, 1000 vinyl singles, 2000 CDs and 500 cassettes. I’ve also amassed a large collection of music DVDs and other music-related stuff. My iPod has about 9500 songs and I’m really getting into digital music streaming services, such as Apple Music.

“Growing up on a rural property in western Queensland, I was sometimes able to pick up 2SM broadcasting from Sydney. Then one day, in the town of Roma, I noticed that the Betta Electrical store was selling some records. The first single I bought was David Bowie’s ‘Space Odyssey’. That was soon followed by my first album, Black Sabbath’s ‘Vol. 4’… a great start to my life-long hobby.

“At boarding school in Brisbane in the ’70s, I started buying Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Status Quo and AC/DC. In 1976, FM radio started and Brisbane had a fantastic alternative station called 4ZZZ. Once you started listening to it, you stopped listening to mainstream AM stations.

“By 1977, I was into the Buzzcocks, the Stranglers, the Sex Pistols and the Clash. Friday afternoons would find me haunting the alternative record stores around Brisbane, while wearing my school uniform.

“Then the live scene took off while I was in Year 11 and 12. I snuck into pubs to see bands such as Cold Chisel and Rose Tattoo. At uni, the UQ Refectory was the place to see bands such as The Cure, The Fall, New Race and the Sunnyboys.

“I purchased my Yamaha sound system with my first paycheque. It has a good amp and turntable coupled with Bose speakers. It’s still going strong and vinyl sounds amazing on it.

“These days I buy a lot of stuff online. There are some great record stores—Bomp in LA, Off The Hip and Vicious Sloth in Melbourne, Midnight Records in New York—that have really interesting websites.

“One of the rare items I own is a KISS covers double-album on the Waterfront label. It’s mainly Australian bands doing covers of KISS songs, but Nirvana is on there, too. When the KISS corporation found out, they hit them with a court order and told them to stop production. It was never officially released but I managed to get a copy.

“I’ve been collecting records since the mid-’70s and I can’t see myself ever giving it up. 

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