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are the avid collector and the avid record collector the same person?

THE AVID COLLECTOR was the title of my column in Pulse! mag­a­zine. Pulse! (with the an­noying ex­cla­ma­tion mark) was the in-house mag­a­zine for Tower Records that was free to every cus­tomer in every Tower store in the world! The Avid Col­lector was about col­lectible records and ran for al­most two years in the early ’90s. [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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an introduction to the punk note ideations of john yates

I WAS NOT A FAN OF PUNK ROCK in the 1970s and ’80s. I ad­mired the po­lit­ical as­pect of the punk move­ment in the UK and the anybody-can-be-in-a-band spirit, but I didn’t con­nect with most of the music. (I still don’t care for most of it but have loos­ened up a bit with age.) [Continue reading]

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the cheesiest semi-legal records in the world!

I MOVED TO CALIFORNIA from Penn­syl­vania in June 1978. I naively be­lieved I would find some sem­blance of “the six­ties” hidden away in San Fran­cisco. But in only a few years, most of it had been blotted out. There were still a lot of hand-painted Vic­to­rian houses and a few hip coffee shops and bookstores.

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why are non-rock artists in the rock & roll hall of fame?

A SERIES OF ARTICLES about Elvis Pres­ley’s Gold Stan­dard records has been taking up most of my time (along with re­designing the look of all my blogs). Be­cause of that, I have been ig­noring both the readers of this blog and those who sali­vate waiting for me to an­swer a ques­tion on Quora. [Continue reading]

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the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1969

THIS IS THE TENTH in a se­ries of ten ar­ti­cles listing and ad­dressing the #1 records of the year as they ap­peared on Cash Box mag­a­zine’s Top 100 chart from 1960 through 1969. It was orig­i­nally pub­lished as “Someday We’ll Be Honky Tonk Women To­gether” on my pub­li­ca­tion Tell It Like It Was on Medium on Oc­tober 1, 2019. [Continue reading]

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the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1968

THIS IS THE NINTH in a se­ries of ten ar­ti­cles listing and ad­dressing the #1 records of the year as they ap­peared on Cash Box mag­a­zine’s Top 100 chart from 1960 through 1969. It was orig­i­nally pub­lished as “Grazing In The Grass With Mrs. Robinson” on my pub­li­ca­tion Tell It Like It Was on Medium on Sep­tember 19, 2019. [Continue reading]

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the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1965

THIS IS THE SIXTH in a se­ries of ten ar­ti­cles ad­dressing the #1 records of the year on Cash Box mag­a­zine’s pop chart from 1960 through 1969. It was orig­i­nally pub­lished as “Let’s Hang On To Our Ticket To Ride” in my pub­li­ca­tion Tell It Like It Was on Medium back on June 2, 2019. [Continue reading]

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the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1964

THIS IS THE FIFTH in a se­ries of ten ar­ti­cles listing and ad­dressing the #1 records of the year as they ap­peared on Cash Box mag­a­zine’s Top 100 chart from 1960 through 1969. It was orig­i­nally pub­lished as “I Want To Hold Your Louie Louie” on my pub­li­ca­tion Tell It Like It Was on Medium on April 14, 2019. [Continue reading]