was petula clark the best female pop singer of the ’60s?

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IN THE OPINION of many rock critics, the best all-around album by a white fe­male pop singer recorded and re­leased in the ’60s may be DUSTY IN MEMPHIS. But, for my taste, the lady with the best pipes and the best all-around taste in pop music in that decade was Petula Clark. And “pop” was the music she recorded throughout her ca­reer, which began as a child star in 1949! READ MORE

are we forgetting the pseudo-psychedelic sixties?

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I INITIATED A NEW TOPIC on the Record Col­lec­tors Guild web­site in Sep­tember 2004 ti­tled “The Pseudo Psy­che­delic ’60s.” I had hoped for a lengthy and en­gag­ingly ar­gu­men­ta­tive and in­for­ma­tive thread that went on for­ever. Below is what I got in­stead: it was fun, but I did not re­ally leave it with more knowl­edge that when I launched the con­ver­sa­tion.

The topic was sparked by a ques­tion that I had re­ceived on an ear­lier thread re­garding the use of the term ‘psy­che­delic’ to sell records in ad­ver­tise­ments on the in­ternet. READ MORE

some commonly misused terms in record collecting

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THERE IS SOME CONFUSION re­garding the use of cer­tain terms for buying and selling records that is ram­pant on the In­ternet! It is also true at record stores, record col­lec­tors con­ven­tions, and through the mail using self-published sale lists, ads in mag­a­zines such as Goldmine—but not to the de­gree that ones en­coun­ters it on the ‘Net. Here I will ad­dress sev­eral terms that are often con­fused with one an­other and thereby mis­used. READ MORE

when jackie deshannon walks in the room she’s got zest appeal

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BY 1963, JACKIE De­SHANNON had re­leased fif­teen sin­gles and she had just turned 22 years old! By the end of the decade, she would score a pair of Top 10 hits (What The World Needs Now Is Love and Put A Little Love In Your Heart) but would have prob­lems get­ting any of her other fine sides played on AM radio none ever came close to the Top 10 again. READ MORE

on paul williams, the father of rock journalism

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I WAS 28-YEARS OLD and living in St. He­lena, the heart and soul of Cal­i­for­nia’s Napa Valley. I had a day job learning the care and main­te­nance of plants at Four Sea­sons Nursery, which I en­joyed, as plant people tend to be friendly people. I was hardly wealthy—hell, I was barely sol­vent most of the times—but I felt blessed: I had a job and I was in love with a beau­tiful woman who was in love with me. READ MORE

just how many people have died from a marijuana overdose?

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WHAT’S A “MARIJUANA OVERDOSE”? That rhetor­ical ques­tion was in­spired by the head­line “Here Are All The People Who Have Died From A Mar­i­juana Over­dose” to an ar­ticle in to­day’s Huff­in­g­ton­Post (Sep­tember 4, 2013). It states that US At­torney Gen­eral Eric Holder wouldn’t in­ter­vene as Col­orado and Wash­ington im­ple­ment plans for a system of le­gal­ized mar­i­juana:

“In a joint letter written to Holder on Friday, law en­force­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions warned that his move would lead to more crime, vi­o­lence, and even death. READ MORE

on determining collectability value rather rare records

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BUYERS AND SELLERS of col­lec­tables, whether records or record re­lated mem­o­ra­bilia or bloody Beanie Ba­bies, often fail to achieve their goals of fi­nan­cial suc­cess be­cause they do not un­der­stand a few basic con­cepts con­cerning the na­ture of a collectable—any col­lec­table. Be­cause this a record col­lec­tors web­site, I will refer to records in this essay, but you can sub­sti­tute al­most any other col­lec­table and the com­ments re­main vir­tu­ally un­changed. READ MORE

 

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