How I Became a Vinyl Head – Birth of a Record Collector

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It is interesting how people we meet influence us. I am a lover of vinyl records. I currently have one hundred records in my own personal collection. But first, let me tell you the story of how I got so interested in them, and the lady behind me getting my first record player.

Music has always been a major part of my life. Many of my family members have been, and are, musicians. I’ve been going to concerts almost my entire life. My first concert was when I went to the Bonnaroo Music Festival at only eleven months old. But I didn’t have interest in vinyl records until I met my friend Dot.

How to Move Your Vinyl Record Collection Cross-Country

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It’s taken years to curate and care for your precious vinyl record collection. Now, you have to relocate to another state, and you’ll be bringing dozens, maybe even hundreds, of albums with you.

Don’t even think about stacking those retro records in a box and hoping for the best. The last thing you want when you pull your classic LPs from moving boxes is to find the discs warped or scratched and the jacket spines torn.

“Knowing what you have, considering how long the move will take, choosing the right supplies and enlisting any help needed makes the all the difference,” says Matt Gluskin, who maintains Wax Times, a blog devoted to vinyl records.

Before you start packing your vinyl collection, spin through these tips on how to move your records safely so you can kick back and enjoy all those classic tunes in your new home. If you plan on storing your collection, be sure to check out the steps in outlined in our vinyl storage guide.

David Bowie and Iggy Pop the Berlin Trilogy

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The year of our lord 1976 found our heroes David Bowie and Iggy Pop in rough shape.  Iggy Pop (aka James Newell Osterburg Jr.) who, only a few short years before, was the toast of the New York underground along with his fellow stooges; was now left friendless in the pissy gutters of New York City.  That is, except for one friend.  That friend was David Bowie (aka David Robert Jones). Bowie himself had recently hit a bottom of his own, barely remembering the tracking of last year’s “Station to Station” due to an astronomical cocaine habit.  He was also cited as making remarks while stoned, in favor of the other “f” word, fascism. In light of all this tragedy, David Bowie grabbed his friend Iggy Pop out of the gutter, and took him to Berlin. 

Taylor Swift Journey Towards Becoming a Sellout

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With her earnings reaching $64 million, according to Forbes, in 2014 the five-time Grammy award winner, Taylor swiftly climbed the ranks of rich musicians. No heiress of any massive fortune Taylor Swift, since she started producing music in 2006, has earned all her wealth along with her place as queen of pop on billboard charts. However, there is a hot debate about how, in making her way to all this fame and fortune, Taylor Swift lost sight of music and her personality. It’s a popular opinion these days that Taylor Swift has turned into a complete sellout. Although, it’s not our place to label others as sellouts but, quite frankly, everything that Swift has been doing for the past few years and all her choices point towards the possibility that she actually has sold out and her only focus is to maintain a steady revenue.

Black Sabbath Vs. Iron Maiden Greatest Metal Band

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Metal is the most diverse genre when it comes to music, although it is not designed to be liked by a mass audience but still it has the most listeners across the world and metal bands have the most loyal fans. Metal defines itself by exclusion which can makes it relate to any good subculture and this is exactly why metal is not just looked at as a mere genre but is worshiped and taken up by fans as a culture. Metal is the complete opposite of all genres, instead of short and predictably structured songs, metal songs are long, complex, and unpredictable making them more relate-able to how life is. The fact that metal defies most of the conventional aspects that make music pleasant yet it is the most admired genre testifies to its supremacy itself.

Rare Blues 78 Who is Pinewood Tom?

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I picked up couple of boxes of 78s from a moving sale several years ago. I’m not really a Rare Blues 78 RPM record collector so they went back on a shelf in my area down stairs where I do all my secret record work. Several years passed until a local record fiend like my self was over looking through a batch of 45s that I had recently gotten in. He looked through the 78s and pulled out two that were on the same label by the same artist in excellent condition with the original Melotone sleeve. The artist was Pinewood Tom and they were blues titles like; Bed Springs Blues, Tweet Tweet Mama Blues, Sissy Man and Cherry Picker. When I saw that they were blues titles and a name like Pinewood Tom it peeked my interest so I looked them up and saw they were quite desirable.