Yes, the scratching can be destructive, but few serious turntablists
would sacrifice a record they could never find again. Also, many DJs
only mix their records together and don't scratch at all; this is not
just a hip-hop thing, you know. And once a record becomes known by way
of a DJ's set, it's very likely to be reissued (often legally!).
It might be worth noting that not everyone in ARSC is unfamiliar with
this culture, or looks upon more contemporary popular music with such
disdain. Some of us treat a rare early 1980's rap 12" with as much care
as a Victor Monarch. There's a magazine that closely follows the
Scratch aesthetic called Wax Poetics < http://www.waxpoetics.com/ >.
While often frustrating in their lack of pre-funk knowledge (names
mispelled, etc.), they do a fine job with what they do know. As long as
there's a collector for every object...
Quoting Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>:
> Question: isn't "scratching" destructive to potentially out-of-print
> or valuable LPs? If