Five famous record collections and a look at their doomed (and almost doomed) fate
via Cosloy's blog
4. Gerard Cosloy
He might not be a household name, but Cosloy is a founder of the respected indie label Matador Records (Pavement, Guided by Voices, Liz Phair, Yo La Tengo, etc.). Needless to say, he'd acquired a museum-worthy music collection over the years. Unfortunately, in August 2009, his home in Austin burned to the ground in the middle of the night. While Cosloy escaped unharmed (thankfully), his record collection did not (unfortunately). A lifetime of collecting was turned into a massive lump of melted plastic -- no doubt an immeasurable loss, as record nerds can attest.