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how to meet girls at record collectors conventions

BACK IN THE ’90s, when I was pub­lishing record col­lec­tors price guides with Krause Pub­li­ca­tions, I started working on a book ten­ta­tively ti­tled INTRODUCTION AND GUIDE TO RECORD COLLECTING. I in­tended it to have 100 mini-chapters on var­ious as­pects of collecting—from learning to iden­tify orig­inal press­ings and knowing the dif­fer­ence be­tween a re­pro­duc­tion and a bootleg, to how-to’s on buying and selling at col­lec­tors con­ven­tions.

It was to be one hun­dred mini-chapters be­cause 1) I wanted it to be an easy book to pick up and read any chapter in a few min­utes, and 2) be­cause so many col­lec­tors seem to have dif­fi­culty reading any­thing but the en­tries in a price guide.

The first chapter that I wrote was Chapter 69, be­cause it was the eas­iest (and I thought the fun­niest). It was going to be about the lack of fe­males in the hobby of record col­lecting.

Here it is in its en­tirety be­tween the two hor­i­zontal lines:


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Chapter 69

How to Meet Girls at Record Col­lec­tors Con­ven­tion

You don’t.


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On the se­rious side, Chapter 70 would have been sug­ges­tions on how guys selling records at shows should be­have to young women looking through their records. This meant girls who were ob­vi­ously not just there with their boyfriends, but ac­tu­ally col­lecting records.

I heard a lot about this from those young ladies be­cause: 1) I was al­ways there with a fe­male com­panion, 2) I was usu­ally per­ceived as “older” than most of the other sellers, and 3) my Mommy and my Daddy raised me to be so damn po­lite all the time!

Those fac­tors made me seem ‘safer’ than the younger males at the shows. So sev­eral of these ‘girl’ col­lec­tors opened up to me: mostly they com­plained about the treat­ment they re­ceived from other (male) sellers.

You know, they were ar­se­w­holes …

Oh well and that’s that and that was then and this is now and this is all of that book that I have re­mem­bered!


PS: Being record col­lec­tors, we all thought that if any girls showed up, they would look like Betty Page or Farrah Faw­cett or Nicole Kidman …


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Nicole Kidman as the sexy-as-all-getout (never un­der­stood that phrase in­tel­lec­tu­ally but al­ways got it on other levels) witch in Prac­tical Magic, a fun movie that also stars Sandra Bul­lock  as the less glam­orous sister witch. These two are backed up by Stockard Chan­ning and Di­anne Wiest as their auntie witches and Aidan Quinn as a good guy cop. Check it out, if only to see Ms Kidman as a red­head …




 

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this is very funny neal, may i please have your per­mis­sion to in­clude it in my very pop­ular thread on RCG en­ti­tled “how to find good records”? i’ll give you and your site a credit for it.

ty neal, i also owned a an­tique store so i know a little about stuff other than records. my only re­gret was not get­ting into an­tiques much ear­lier. those picker guys are clue­less, they’re going to places and paying too much for items that have been passed over by smart buyers years be­fore.

I’ve found it in­ter­esting all these years that the hobby is so male dom­i­nated. I won­dered if there re­ally weren’t that many fe­male record col­lec­tors, or maybe there were but for what­ever reason they didn’t like the boys’ club at­mos­phere that a lot of these shows might have had.

Having said that, I’ve no­ticed the va­riety of people (thank­fully both male and fe­male) who buy records nowa­days has in­creased some­what. To me, that’s won­derful. The more di­ver­sity, the better.

Thanks for posting this. Al­ways a treat reading stuff on your blogs.

I thought I posted some­thing, but I guess it didn’t make it.…?

I found it in­ter­esting back when I went to record shows that there were few (as in zero to a handful) women. I won­dered why record col­lecting was such a male dom­i­nated field.

Having said that, I see a wider va­riety (both in age and gender) of folks who are looking at records these days. Makes me happy.