DURING THE BRITISH INVASION OF 1964-1966, ‘serious’ information on the British groups—in fact, on rock & roll artists in general—was very hard to come by for we American fans. Fans had to turn to the teenybopper fan mags of the era for any transfiguration of their tastes from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
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The importance of teenybopper magazines of the ’60s has been
TO MANY MUSICIANS AND FANS, John Francis Anthony Pastorius III—Jaco to everyone who knew him—was arguably the most inventive and most influential electric jazz bass-player of the past forty years. His flair in both playing his instrument and in onstage performance earned him the nickname the ‘Jimi Hendrix of the bass.’ He came to prominence for his solo work and for holding down the fusion … CONTINUE READING
THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVERAVEST STORIES about interacting with a collector at a convention. For the most part, I learned far more from collectors than they learned from me in these face-to-face exchanges: whatever I heard of value went into my price guides. But there were instances where I was of value to a collector.
In this case, I may have—get this!—forever altered the … CONTINUE READING
WAY BACK IN THE HOARY ’90s, I attended a couple of record collectors conventions on the East Coast. One was in New York, one in Virginia, both within days of each other in 1996. Setting up as a dealer at an East Coast show was something that I hadn’t done since leaving Pennsylvania eighteen years earlier! I’d sold at one Rock of Ages show in … CONTINUE READING