the transmogrification of free will into jukin’ bone

IN 1970, local rock star and entrepreneur Joe Nardone opened a teenage dance hall on the Public Square of downtown Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Formerly the Stardust Ballroom, it was a second floor affair where couples had practiced ballroom dancing. It was just above the old Paramount Theater, then a first-run venue for new movies. [Continue reading]

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

IN THE OPINION of many pop music aficionados, the best all-around album by a white female pop singer recorded and released in the ’60s was Dusty Springfield’s DUSTY IN MEMPHIS. But, for my taste, the lady with the best pipes and the best all-around taste in the songs she chose to record was Petula Clark. [Continue reading]

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are we forgetting the pseudo-psychedelic sixties?

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. [Continue reading]

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on determining collectability value rather rare records

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. [Continue reading]