It's 11/11/11. The world hasn't ended here at 991 as many predicted but the world for many did end prematurely in the fight for freedom – we remember them today.
What a week! There’s been so much fuss caused by our December issue’s cover story, which the national press and the BBC picked up on. At one point it was the fourth-most-read on story on the BBC News website – above the Euro crisis, curiously! That’s brilliant, and we’re indebted to everyone who read the story in the papers and online and got in touch about it. Thank you for all your interest; we think it shows that artwork really DOES matter to music fans and that despite the convenience of MP3, people still love seeing and holding a great album cover designed to suit a proper slab of vinyl.
In the credit where credit’s due department, Record Collector wants to doff its metaphorical cap to the late Jimmy Savile. (It has to be a metaphorical cap – our heads are too big to fit a real one.) Yes, I know he was a bit of a joker. No, we didn’t much like his hairstyle where one side was black and the other white. And it’s true, Jimmy would never have won a John Peel Award for promoting new music. But RC says he is important for three reasons, not all of which have been mentioned in the obituaries. One: he was the first personality jock in Britain. Before him, the style was, at best, Pete Murray and David Jacobs. No disrespect to those two legends of broadcasting, but Savile brought real personality to the microphone, making him compulsive listening across Europe on Radio Luxembourg in the late 50s and early 60s. Without his innovations, pirate jocks such as Emperor Rosko and Stuart Henry would never have made it onto the airwaves. Two: he was reputedly the first DJ to go out on the road with twin decks, rendering him able to deliver a seamless segue if he wanted to. Three, his clothing style predated street sportswear by decades. In fact the last two make him the founding father of hip hop – not that hip hop would agree. Whether you found him an irritant or a legend, he could not be ignored, and the charity sector – he gave away 90% of his income, it is said – will surely miss his input. We look forward to the biopic, rumoured to be starring Steve Coogan. RIP Jimmy, you were a pioneer…
Record Collector will have a stall at the Olympia Record Fair this weekend. If you’re there, do come up and say hello. And please don’t snap up the records on our wants lists and them wave them in our ugly faces; you wouldn’t want to see us cry, it’s not a pretty sight…
Thanks for reading
Have a good week
Editor-in-Chief, Record Collector
The brand new issue of the monthly Record Collector magazine is on the shelves right now. Here's what you will find inside…
The Rarest Album Sleeves Ever!
R.C. Speaks to Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull on the release of the luxury edition of Aqualung.
2 Tone: A Chequered History – Posters that helped make the Ska label the distinctive brand it is
Roy Harper speaks to R.C, Lee Dorsey and Dream Theatre – and much much more.