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the great mispriced record sale

I MOVED FROM PENNSYLVANIA TO CALIFORNIA in 1978, ending up in Napa. It was a nice little city that more or less served as the north­bound gateway to the wine country. I im­me­di­ately made friends with the owner of the city’s only used-record store, who I will call Haitch. [Continue reading]

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allan clarke as springsteen trailblazer (is this part 6 of “was bruce springsteen ever blinded by the light?”)

I WOULD BE REMISS in my love for the Hol­lies if I did not men­tion the ex­ploits of their on-again/off-again lead singer, Harold Allan Clarke. In his second (?) so­journ from the group he helped found in Man­chester, Eng­land, in 1962, he took a rather dif­ferent ap­proach styl­is­ti­cally to the ma­te­rial with which his fans had come to as­so­ciate with him. [Continue reading]

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“blinded by the light” and the avid record collector price guide (was bruce springsteen ever blinded by the light? – part 4)

THE SINGLE RELEASE of Blinded By The Light / The Angel (Co­lumbia 4-48405) may not have been a big hit in 1973 with record-buyers, but it has been a big deal with record-collectors ever since! It is among the rarest and most sought-after of Bruce’s col­lec­table records and record-related artifacts. [Continue reading]

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cut loose like a deuce another runner in the night (was bruce springsteen ever blinded by the light? – part 2)

HERE ARE THE LYRICS to Bruce Springsteen’s orig­inal recording of Blinded By The Light as best that I can de­ci­pher them. I used a couple of lyrics sites and then lis­tened to the recording re­peat­edly (and yes it’s “deuce” not “douche”) each time com­paring the words I had typed with the words that I was hearing. [Continue reading]

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duke duke duke duke of earl

THIS BRIEF PIECE on the Duke of Earl was in­spired by an equally brief ar­ticle on my other site ti­tled “earl earl earl, earl of grey.” That piece is not about a duke duke duke of any­thing, but about my en­joy­ment of Tazo’s Earl Grey tea, a bev­erage I have loathed for decades but—for some in­ex­plic­able change in my aging, testosterone-deprived taste buds—I cur­rently crave the stuff! [Continue reading]