announcing my new column “the avid record collector”

Es­ti­mated reading time is 2 min­utes.

BE THE FIRST ON YOU BLOCK to read my new column, The Avid Record Col­lector! Sub-titled “From the Cut-Out Bin,” it can be found on the Six­ties Music Se­crets web­site! In each column, I will look at records that were mass-produced in the 1960s and sub­se­quently deleted from record com­pany catalogs.

Most of these records wound up in the bar­gain bins of five-and-dime stores. Then, in 1968, Amer­ican record com­pa­nies halted the pro­duc­tion of al­bums in both mono and stereo for­mats. Thou­sands of mono records were deleted overnight, in­cluding many by top-selling artists. At the same time, the record com­pa­nies also cut out thou­sands of stereo records that were no longer selling.

I call this “The Great Deletion.”

Want to read a monthly column about al­bums that wound up in the cut-out bins of Amer­ican stores in the late ’60s and early ’70s?

The record com­pa­nies dumped mil­lions of al­bums onto the market! I bought hun­dreds of them for 99¢ be­fore $1.99 be­came the stan­dard price in the early ’70s. These records from The Great Deletion—mostly ’60s rock, soul, and pop albums—will be the focus of The Avid Record Collector.

As for my host, Six­ties Music Se­crets is an in­for­ma­tive audio/visual blog with insight-filled con­ver­sa­tions be­tween knowl­edge­able, cu­rious, and nos­talgic readers re­garding all things mu­sical from the 1960s. My column will ap­pear monthly.


The Avid Record Collector: front cover of GENE CLARK WITH THE GOSDIN BROTHERS album.
The first solo album from a Byrd was GENE CLARK WITH THE GOSDIN BROTHERS. It was a minor gem of an album that came and went so fast in early 1967 that many Byrds fans didn’t know of its ex­is­tence. Then copies turned up as cut-outs around the country in 1968-1969. (This album will be re­viewed in a fu­ture Avid Record Col­lector column.)

The Avid Record Collector

The first two columns pro­vide back­ground in­for­ma­tion about the column and about the scene for cut-out records in the late 1960s and early ’70s. The third will ad­dress the US-pressing of an album by a top UK artist that was common in cut-out bins while the fourth will look at the UK-pressing of an album by a top US artist that was a rarity in those same bins.

Un­like my pub­li­ca­tions on Medium which re­cycle ar­ti­cles pub­lished on my blogs, the columns in The Avid Record Col­lector will be all new ma­te­rial and will not ap­pear on my blogs until the dis­tant future!

If you want to read all my stuff plus other writers, you need to sub­scribe to Six­ties Music Se­crets. To sub­scribe, click here.

The first in­stall­ment (“An Avid Record Collector’s In­tro­duc­tion”) has been pub­lished! To read it, click here.


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