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“stacks of wax” is a history of record labels based in cincinnati, ohio

BOOK REVIEWS ARE NOT MY THING here on Rather Rare records, but exceptions to unwritten rules are often good things. So here is a review of “Stacks Of Wax – The Complete History Of The Record Labels Of Cincinnati, Ohio,” a self-published effort by David Bottoms. [Read more] ““stacks of wax” is a history of record labels based in cincinnati, ohio”

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a requiem for those timeless good good good vibrations

MAJOR RECORD COMPANIES usually released new titles on Monday in the ’60s. On April 12, 1965, I rushed home from school, ran upstairs to my room, tossed my books on my bed, pulled my money out of the drawer, ran to the garage, picked up my bike, and zoomed off to Joe Nardone’s record shop. [Read more] “a requiem for those timeless good good good vibrations”

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my review of paul williams’ “outlaw blues” for goodreads

WHILE I HAVE USED GOODREADS AS A SOURCE on my websites, I have not actually participated in the community of readers and reviewers. Until now: I just posted my first review for Paul Williams’s book Outlaw Blues for Goodreads. Oddly, it is only the second review of this important book (and the first was lukewarm). [Read more] “my review of paul williams’ “outlaw blues” for goodreads”

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on babylon falling (fingers up and crossed)

RESEARCHING AN ARTICLE, I stumbled over a site containing thousands of images, all scanned from underground newspapers and similar counterculture publications. Best of all, they appeared to come from that period of unrest and upheaval that we call “The Sixties,” which took place between 1962 and 1975, depending on how you define it and where you lived at the time. [Read more] “on babylon falling (fingers up and crossed)”

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talking with ken barnes on his career as a rock journalist

A FEW WEEKS AGO, I received an invitation from a young musician in England to make a connection on the LinkedIn site, the “world’s largest professional network.” Reluctantly I accepted it, despite the fact that I have yet to meet anyone who has actually benefited professionally from any of their LinkedIn connections. [Read more] “talking with ken barnes on his career as a rock journalist”

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on paul williams, the father of rock journalism

I WAS 28-YEARS OLD and living in St. Helena, the heart of California’s Napa Valley. I had a job learning the care and maintenance of plants at Four Seasons Nursery, which I enjoyed, as plant people tend to be friendly people. I was in love with a beautiful woman who was in love with me. [Read more] “on paul williams, the father of rock journalism”