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 […]

Rave Review in Mojo Magazine: 101 Essential Rock Records

It’s been a crazy few months with the holiday season and the release of my book 100 Essential Rock Records: The Golden Age of Vinyl, From The Beatles to the Sex Pistols.   Below is a just-in review from my favorite music magazine, Mojo, which happily gave the book four stars (their highest rating) and made […]

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