BeanieBabies 1 1500

about collectables and their alleged collectability and value

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. [Continue reading]

BernieBoston FlowerPower 1600

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

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.  [Continue reading]

Records LPs PopRock 1500

my first record show as a dealer (rock of ages part 1)

WE HAD BEEN TOGETHER for a year when we fi­nally de­cided to make the move from the sultry sum­mers of the East Coast to the more mod­erate West Coast. It was 1978 and the dreams of ‘the six­ties’ didn’t seem so far off. Working two jobs each, we had saved the equiv­a­lent of $10,000 in to­day’s dol­lars. [Continue reading]

RecordedSound Victrolas Nipper museum 1500

a brief look at the first fifty years of recorded music

THE TECHNOLOGY TO RECORD SOUND is more than a 160 years old! It has been avail­able since 1857, years be­fore the tech­nology to re­pro­duce that sound was re­al­ized. The first recording ma­chines were used for sci­en­tific re­search, pri­marily to study sound waves. The first vi­able tech­nology for recording and playing recorded music for home en­ter­tain­ment was Thomas Edison’s Phono­graph in 1877. [Continue reading]

TwentyEleven default chess 1500

something’s happening and you don’t know what it is!

CHINESE CHESS PIECES? If you looked at the chess board at the top of this page and thought that some­thing’s hap­pening and you don’t know what it is—don’t worry, every­thing’s groovy! When I started this blog in 2014, I knew little of what I was doing: that in­cludes what con­tent I wanted to post and how to make the con­tent easy to read and at­trac­tive enough to make you want to read! [Continue reading]