The Albany Indestructible Phonograph Record

During the years I wrote for Goldmine Magazine (1996-2006), I always wanted to delve into an article on the earliest sound preservation format – the cylinder record.  Unfortunately, my editors at the time, while recognizing the importance of cylinder records and their existence from the 1890’s to as late as 1929, felt that the format…

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Recalling Blue Note Record Shop

WHETHER you collect stamps, coins, records or anything else, you never forget your first time. No, not that first time. Get your mind out of the gutter. For record collectors, I’m talking about the first record we ever bought – the record that would eventually be the rock upon which our holy musical scriptures are…

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A Prayer for a Flooded Record Collection

My friend Mark Pisani lost tons of records while he was on vacation.  His loss affected me as well. Spin back to college.  Mark and I attended Hamilton College, and graduated together.  We were both part of the “Young Turks” who changed the college radio station, WHCL, from an afterthought to a broadcast powerhouse. Mark’s…

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Remembering Ruth Wallis and her naughty songs

It’s the late 1990’s.  I should be home watching the Super Bowl.  The Patriots are facing the Packers, and it promises to be a sterling matchup. But instead, I’m driving to eastern Connecticut, with the hopes of interviewing a singer whose most popular songs never received a stitch of mainstream radio airplay.  A person who,…

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