Byrds EightMilesHigh PS Japan 600

japanese picture inserts for 45 rpm singles

(a picture insert is not the same thing as a picture sleeve)

THE TERM “PICTURE SLEEVE” has a spe­cific meaning in record col­lecting. Ba­si­cally, it’s a paper en­ve­lope with a pho­to­graph or art­work on at least one side made to hold a seven-inch, 45 rpm record. Japanese pic­ture in­serts for 45 rpm sin­gles are not pic­ture sleeves no matter how many col­lec­tors and dealers con­flate the terms. [Continue reading]

Byrds EightMilesHIgh PS US gray A 600

just what is a picture sleeve?

(about picture sleeves, title sleeves, and company sleeves)

WHAT IS A “PICTURE SLEEVE”? I know—this is a dumb ques­tion to the thou­sands of col­lec­tors who know the an­swer. But based on ads, ar­ti­cles, and com­ments on the in­ternet, thou­sands of other col­lectors and sellers do not know the an­swer. Or they don’t know the cor­rect an­swer. [Continue reading]

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a few embarrassing songs by a few major pop and rock artists

IT WAS JUST ANOTHER DAY on Medium when I found the ar­ticle, “Em­bar­rassing Songs By Major Artists.” Written by Alex Markham for The Riff, its tagline was “Even the biggest music su­per­stars had mo­ments when taste de­serted them.” He could have written “every music su­per­star” and sub­sti­tuted “in­tel­li­gence” for “taste” and I would have agreed! [Continue reading]

are there albums where the covers are worth more than the records?

HERE’S ANOTHER QUESTION ABOUT VINYL on Quora that dis­tracted me from var­ious writing projects! The ques­tion is, “What vinyl album cover empty is worth more than a mint vinyl album without the cover?” Or, as I have worded it in this article’s title: Are there al­bums with covers that are worth more than the records? [Continue reading]

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why did rca have to export david bowie records to england in the ’70s?

THERE ARE A HANDFUL OF RECORDS from the ’70s that are so common among British col­lec­tors that they re­ceive little at­ten­tion from them. But they are all rather rare records out­side of the UK—so rare, that most non-UK col­lec­tors have only seen them as im­ages on the in­ternet! [Continue reading]

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beware fake bowie and prince autographs and memorabilia

FAKE AUTOGRAPHS are back in the news, this time fea­turing a mother-son combo forging the sig­na­tures on thou­sands of sports items. And while it hasn’t made any head­lines, the re­cent un­ex­pected deaths of two beloved su­per­stars should have every col­lector of Bowie and Prince au­to­graphs treading cau­tiously as this is when they are ripest for a rip-off! [Continue reading]

Bowie ManWhoFell Schapiro 1975 1500 crop

just how did david bowie affect your consciousness?

THE ORIGINAL TITLE to this piece on David Bowie was “Damn That Damn Disco Music!” But that was re­ally an in­ad­e­quate opening for the tone of this ‘true story’ about con­ver­sion. Then I dal­lied with vari­a­tions on “The Day I Came Out as a David Bowie Fan,” which was an al­lu­sion to his an­drog­y­nous Ziggy Star­dust period. [Continue reading]