Virtual Museum: Janis Joplin’s First Record Contract / Big Brother and the Holding Company Sign With Mainstream Records

Here’s a true piece of music history we’ve just listed: Janis Joplin’s first recording contract, with Mainstream Records, signed by Janis and her Big Brother and the Holding Company bandmates on September 13 1966. From On the Road With Janis Joplin by John Byrne Cooke: Big Brother was first approached by Bobby Shad, the owner […]

Virtual Museum – 4 Mixing Session Master Tapes for the Grateful Dead’s “Dark Star/Born Cross-Eyed” / With 91 Mixes!

Here’s a remarkable Grateful Dead collectible we’ve just listed: a set of four 10″ 2-Track tapes from the mixing session of the ultra-rare Grateful Dead single, “Dark Star/Born Cross-Eyed,” with nearly two hours of unreleased–and very different–mixes.                     As Dead collectors know, this single (with picture […]

Why I collect beat-up records owned by Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, and members of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Velvet Underground and Grateful Dead

@ Mojo. It’s an early 20th century word meaning “a magic charm, talisman, or spell.”  Muddy Waters sang “Got my mojo working.” And mojo is exactly why I collect records that were owned by my favorite musicians. The music of Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, the Velvet Underground, the Grateful Dead and […]

Hal Willner: A Remembrance

I’ve been meaning to write about the almost incomprehensible death of Hal Willner (of Covid-19 complications) since his passing on April 7, but to be honest, I couldn’t figure out what to say.  There have been some high profile obituaries and tributes (just google his name).  My wife just sent me Elvis Costello’s moving remembrance, […]

Fake Sealed Records With Hype Stickers Proliferate on Ebay

Hello everyone, I hope you’re all well, washing your hands frequently, and staying sane. I’ve been meaning to write about the proliferation of fake sealed records being offered on EBay, particularly ones with bogus “hype stickers”. Resealed records have always been a problem.  In the 70’s, I was friendly with an employee at Tower Records […]

Dylan Signed Items: The Real and The Fake (A Warning)

A large percentage of the items we see advertised as  having been signed or inscribed by Bob Dylan are forgeries.  We’ve seen many fake signed albums, inscribed albums, magazine pages and handwritten lyrics offered online*.  Some are being offered by shady dealers, and others from reputable sellers with no idea they are selling fakes.  Just […]

R.I.P. Robert Matheu, Photographer, Music Historian, Author and Friend

Yesterday was a terribly sad day, the memorial service for my friend Robert Matheu, rock photographer, raconteur, author, music historian and above all loving family man.  With his wife Sheryl he had three beautiful young daughters, Ruby, Rose and Veronica.  Bob died of an accidental drowning on September 21, at the age of 63. Bob […]

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