A Copy of ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ With The Four Withdrawn Tracks Surfaces, From The Person Who Bought It In 1963; And Possibly The First Printed Report of the Mispressed Album

Original copies of The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, mistakenly mis-pressed with four still-unreleased tracks, are among the rarest and most valuable records in the world.  A stereo copy sold for $35,000, and a mint mono copy would easily fetch $25,000, though one in that condition has never surfaced.  It’s rare that a previously undiscovered copy surfaces, […]

The Virtual Museum – The Earliest Known Pink Floyd Concert Poster

We’ve just listed on the Recordmecca site the only known example of the earliest known Pink Floyd concert poster–or perhaps more accurately, a poster tied for that honor.  Previously undocumented, this poster advertises seven events (including two shows featuring The Pink Floyd, with Syd Barrett) presented by the London Free School during October 1966 at […]

Finding The Right Home For A Collectible–In This Case, Quincy Jones!

In many years of selling music collectibles, I always get the greatest satisfaction when I can find the ‘perfect home’ for something.  Sometimes it’s placing something of great historical importance in a museum collection.  Other times it’s helping a longtime collector fill a hole in their collection that’s been vexing them for decades.  A few […]

How Robert Rauschenberg Met Talking Heads, and Ended Up Designing The “Speaking in Tongues” Album Cover

In 1993, legendary artist Robert Rauschenberg designed the album cover for Talking Heads’ fifth studio album, Speaking in Tongues.  Rauschenberg’s cover, with three spinning plastic discs and a clear vinyl LP, all packed in a vacu-form clamshell, was too costly for regular copies of the album; so the album was issued with a conventional (David […]

Detroit launch of Total Chaos with Iggy Pop, and first review: “Total Chaos is phenomenal – a must-have for all fans of the group”

Just back from Detroit where we had an incredible launch for Total Chaos: The Story of The Stooges/As Told By Iggy Pop, with…Mr. Iggy Pop himself.  Iggy joined me for an interview, Q&A and book signing at Detroit’s stunning Third Man Records.  Jim Jarmusch, director of the wonderful Stooges documentary Gimmie Danger (which had it’s […]

RIP DAVID KING – The Greatest Album Cover Designer Ever

In May, the great David King passed away.  You may not have heard of him, but he was my hero.  An obituary in the New York Times described him as ‘a graphic designer and design historian who amassed one of the world’s largest collections of Soviet political art and photographs, which he drew on for […]

Working With Prince

As I previously wrote, I had the great fortune to work with Prince during the 90’s, while an executive at Warner Bros. Records. I art directed a number of his album covers (pictured throughout this post*) and oversaw much of the marketing for his records. We weren’t friends by any means; nobody at Warner Bros. […]

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 […]

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