My New Book With Iggy Pop On The Stooges

This week Third Man Books (part of Jack White’s Third Man Records) announced a book I’ve been working on for quite some time.  Here’s their press release.  As the winter release comes nearer, I’ll be posting some updates, but for now, this tells the story. THIRD MAN BOOKS ANNOUNCES TOTAL CHAOS: THE STORY OF THE […]

RIP PRINCE

An hour ago I learned that Prince has died.  I  had the very great privilege of working closely with him during the 1990’s, while I was at Warner Bros. Records, his record label.  At Warner Bros, and before that A&M Records,  I had the good fortune to work with many extraordinarily talented artists .  But […]

David Bowie : A Personal Tribute

Today I’m listening to David Bowie’s first 8 albums in chronological order, and thinking about one my all time musical heroes.  When I heard he’d died, I was shocked, but not surprised.  There were rumors of ill health, and he hadn’t looked well in recent videos.  But still… In the 1970’s, I was obsessed with […]

Virtual Museum – Handwritten Set Lists by the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and The Clash

I love set lists–the list of songs an artist puts together to perform at a particular concert.  To me, they’re among the most compelling of all music collectibles — ideally, handwritten by a musician, used on stage during a performance, and documenting a specific moment in that artist’s evolution. Some artists play the same songs […]

Music History You Can Visit In Memphis and Nashville

In May, my wife Jody and I drove across the America, coast to coast, from Los Angeles to Savannah, Georgia–a bucket list dream of mine.  And much to my wife’s delight, I ended up driving the whole 3000+ miles.  We spent about 19 days, stopping in 10 cities, seeing the sights, visiting friends and for […]

Bob Dylan’s Newest Masterpiece – “Shadows In The Night”

There’s been a lot written about Bob Dylan’s new album of songs sung by Frank Sinatra, Shadows in the Night.  People seem to love it or hate it, and I can’t understand why.  I think it’s a masterpiece. I’ve listened to Shadows more than any new Dylan album since Time Out of Mind.  I play […]

Reward – Can You Identify These Frank Zappa Manuscripts ?

UPDATE: All have been identified, and very quickly at that.  See results at the bottom of this post.  Thanks to everyone who helped out. Here’s an experiment in crowd-sourcing.  We recently acquired two original Frank Zappa music manuscripts, and a lead sheet for a third composition, all of which were handwritten by the great man […]

Here’s What AUTHENTIC Bob Dylan Lyrics Look Like !

On April 30, the news broke that Sotheby’s would be auctioning Bob Dylan’s original handwritten lyric manuscripts for Like A Rolling Stone and A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall in June– big news in the Dylan community.  As someone who’s written more than his fair share about Dylan and his manuscripts, I’ve gotten many calls and […]

And While We’re On The Subject of Record Collectors…

If you’re a record collector and don’t know Dust and Grooves, you should.  Eilon Paz’s site documents record collectors from around the world, telling their stories via interviews and his fantastic photographs.  I’m a huge fan of Dust & Grooves, and was honored to be featured this month. And here are a few more links […]

Craig Kallman – Record and Memorabilia Collector Extraordinaire

If you’re a record or memorabilia collector, don’t miss last month’s Wall Street Journal article on Atlantic Records chairman Craig Kallman.  Craig, who I first met in the 90’s when I was an executive at Warner Bros. Records, has 750,000 records.  That’s right, three quarters of a million albums.  That’s got to be the largest […]

Fake Acetates Everywhere !

Every morning I check CollectorsFrenzy.  That’s the site where you can see the 25 most expensive records that sold on Ebay the previous day. There’s a LOT of discussion these days about the records on Collector’s Frenzy.  That’s because in my opinion* there’s been a rash of fake acetates selling for big money.  Hundreds and […]

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