real rarity, relative rarity, and the “wow!” factor

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IN RECORD COLLECTING, we bandy about cer­tain terms so often that they lose their meaning. One such word is ‘rare,’ which should be con­sid­ered a bugaboo not just record col­lecting, but all fields of col­lec­tables. An­other abused word is ‘psy­che­delic,’ or, as it is more often used, ‘psych.’ But the misuse of that term—unintentional and intentional—deserves an ar­ticle of its own. READ MORE

the avid collector’s guide to wild in the streets part 3

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THE AVID COLLECTOR’S GUIDE to Wild In The Streets Part 3 ad­dresses records made that are as­so­ci­ated with this movie—both sin­gles and al­bums. All were re­leased in the wake of the very suc­cessful movie in 1968, but few were hits. Be­fore com­mencing, I rec­om­mend that you first readOn Wild In The Streets As Polit­ical And Social Satire” and then the first part of this four-part se­ries of ar­ti­cles about the movie and its music. READ MORE

fake autographed rock memorabilia sold at charity fundraisers

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FAKE AUTOGRAPHS on rock & roll mem­o­ra­bilia being sold at charity fundraisers sounds like the act of a mis­an­thrope or even a so­ciopath more. Cheating folk who are spending money knowing that it will go to help others is rather das­tardly. And yet, huge sums of money are being spent on forg­eries every day!

“Hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars worth of fakes and frauds and forg­eries are sold every year through char­i­ties,” says Steve Cyrkin, ed­itor and pub­lisher of Au­to­graph Mag­a­zine. READ MORE