His parents were from Africa and he was playing this music and I was going nuts. ” He was like, “It’s Fela Kuti.” “I’m still a student. Something might be forty years old, but if you’ve never heard it before, it’s new.” And one thing leads to another, doesn’t it?

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What about some of the early additions to your collection? I started breakdancing in the early ’80s in high school, so I was buying records to dance to.

I took Bambaataa’s list into Golden Oldies in Everette, WA.

In every country, there was someone who thought they were James Brown or Michael Jackson, and some of them were actually pretty good. Think about how big the world is and what’s out there. Someone shows you something and you’ve never heard it before. With all these collectors, people still turn stuff up. Just think, there were bands that had test pressings who were trying to get a deal, and it never happened, and these copies are just laying around.

This list starts off with Sacred Scripture and the Catechism--if you read nothing else on this list, make sure you read these.

It also consists of recognized classics of Christian theology, history and literature, commonly recommended spiritual reading, and a few examples of great Catholic novels. This list starts off with Sacred Scripture and the Catechism--if you read nothing else on this list, make sure you read these.

It also consists of recognized classics of Christian theology, history and literature, commonly recommended spiritual reading, and a few examples of great Catholic novels.

It does not claim to be a complete or exhaustive list--there are simply too many books in the vast literary treasure annex of the Catholic Church to list them all.

However, if more Catholics read this whole list, it would lead to a much more literate, informed and impassioned Church, ready and able to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world!

Photos by: Eilon Paz | Interview by: Eilon Paz, Julia Rodionova & Josiah Titus Let’s start with your name.