rutherford chang wants to buy your white album (and yours and yours)

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IN NOVEMBER 1968, the Bea­tles re­leased their long-awaited new album. It had been eigh­teen months since the re­lease of their land­mark Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, an un­heard of pe­riod of time be­tween al­bums in the ’60s. Un­like the over-the-top pre­sen­ta­tion of the ear­lier album, the new album did not have a clever title or an ex­ces­sively busy and col­orful jacket.

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another errant umphred post bites the dust

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ONCE AGAIN it’s hap­pened: I ac­ci­den­tally pushed the Pub­lish button on Word­Press in­stead of the Save Draft button. Of course, the two but­tons shouldn’t be near one an­other so ac­ci­dents like these should never occur.

But the two but­tons are a couple of inches apart and when I’m fo­cused on com­posing some­times I just press the wrong damn button. READ MORE

are today’s pop song lyrics getting more redundantly repetitive?

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DOES YOUR BABY DO THE HANKY PANKY? The ques­tion asked on Quora was “Are Pop lyrics getting more and more repet­i­tive?” In­stead of a well-reasoned, thoughtful an­swer, I posted this in­stead (and my com­plete an­swer is be­tween the two lines):

 

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This is the Roulette Records ver­sion of Hanky Panky that was the #1 hit on Bill­board and Cash Box and sold mil­lions of copies in 1966. READ MORE

on musicians who ruined their careers (and lives) with “reckless behavior”

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A YOUNGER MEMBER of Quora—meaning sig­nif­i­cantly younger than me—asked me to an­swer the ques­tion, “Which mu­si­cians ru­ined their ca­reers with their reck­less be­havior?” Quora is the place I seem to get rather easily dragged into on an al­most daily basis, gen­er­ally an­swering ques­tions about Elvis. This ques­tion was more gen­eral but ac­tu­ally en­com­passed Presley. READ MORE

about collectables and their alleged collectability and value

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BUYERS AND SELLERS of collectables—whether records or mem­o­ra­bilia or Beanie Babies—often fail to achieve their goals of fi­nan­cial suc­cess be­cause they do not un­der­stand a few basic concepts on determining col­lec­tability and value of the “seldom found.” Be­cause this a record col­lec­tors web­site, I will gen­er­ally refer to records below, but you can sub­sti­tute al­most any other col­lec­table and the com­ments re­main vir­tu­ally un­changed. READ MORE

the dillydallying is over and “the endless sixties” is alive and well!

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AFTER TWO BLASTED YEARS of dil­ly­dal­lying, pussy­footing, farting around, and lol­ly­gag­ging I fi­nally (FINALLY!) got my new blog off the ground: The End­less Six­ties is up and run­ning and waiting for readers. There are half a dozen ar­ti­cles al­ready posted plus the home­page, and everyone should read the in­tro­duc­tory home­page first, of course.  READ MORE