THERE IS A NEW FEATURED IMAGE on Rather Rare Records! I have used the same photograph on the home page of this blog for years. That photo had two drawbacks: While tasteful, it was monochromatic and not very eye-catching. The new photo is colorful, dramatic yet playful, and seems to say, “Hey—look at me!” [Continue reading]
I MOVED TO CALIFORNIA from my native Northeastern Pennsylvania in June of 1978. I naively believed I would find some semblance of “the sixties” hidden away in San Francisco. But in only a few years, most of it had been blotted out. Oh, there were still a lot of hand-painted Victorian houses and a few hip coffee shops and bookstores.
WHILE THE PURPOSE OF THIS BLOG is to address the records that were released decades before most of the people who spend the most time on the internet were even born, I can look at a current topic every now and again. I suppose my fascination with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in not establishing some objective standards for eligibility and the equally obstinate Wikipedia in insisting on “sources” but not on hiring editors to fact-check those sources. [Continue reading]
I LEFT WIKIPEDIA ALONE for the past few months, even though critiquing their entries is like shooting fish in a barrel. When it comes to “definitions” of persons and terms regarding popular music, Wikipedia’s theme song seems to be a well-known song by Elvis: “If you’re looking for trouble, you’ve come to the right place. [Continue reading]