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It
was great to meet some of our readers at VIP’s massive fair at
London
s
Olympia last weekend. A really enjoyable event it was too. It was heartening to
see quite a few young people digging in the crates, and that included a few
female faces as well – many more than last year, I’d have said. It’s true that
vinyl is now trendy, and there’s your proof. Some interesting stalls – a
Japanese specialist, an American dealer, for example – made the weekend a little
out of the ordinary, and I ran into some old mates who were delighted with the
stuff that they’d picked up: how much for those
Tommy
James & The Shondells

heading-for-psych albums, original US pressings, sealed, found in a
distributor’s warehouse? A few quid? Sounds like a bargain to me. The music is
still out there, waiting to be snapped up at events like this. The only downside
was spraying my yoghurt down our advertising manager’s leg in excitement. These
things happen.

 

This
weekend it’s Utrecht – the massive collector’s bash which one
RC
staffer has nicknamed “U Wrecked” after a particularly indulgent weekend a
couple of years ago.
Ian
Shirley
,
the editor of the
Rare
Record Price Guide
,
will be in attendance too, meeting readers, maybe signing some books, and
generally trying not to spend his annual salary in one hit. With a book and
antique fair next door, this weekender has to be seen to be believed.

 

We’re
mad about our next cover story –
Jeff
Lynne

talking about
ELO,
The
Move

and other aspects of his stellar career. There’s also a feature about
the
Stones
which delves into a fascinating and controversial aspect of their career that is
not usually covered. You can, of course, still go to see them in London – two
tickets, £23,500, see
here.
I don’t think I’d pay that to see anyone, not that I’ve got 23 grand spare cash
kicking about. I saw the Stones at London
’s
Earl’s
Court in 1976 and thought they were a shambles, although I gather it was just a
bad night, because a friend caught them on the same tour and said they were
great. I digress. In the meantime, the fall-out from our 200 Rarest Records
cover story rumbles on, with a mention in
The
Times

at the weekend and a likely appearance in the
FT
in the next few days. Yes, readers, now could be the time to flog your
collection to a total banker.

 

Hope
you have a good week. Thanks for reading,

Best,  

IanMcCannSig

Ian McCann, Editor Record Collector

 

IN
THE CURRENT ISSUE
 With
the release of the new
Rare
Record Price Guide
,
Ian
Shirley

guides us through the
current
Top 200 Rarities

The
Paramounts
:
The story of the R&B band that would become
Procol
Harum

An
update on the singer-songwriter legend
, Nick
Drake

The Jam
t
hrough
the eyes of the renascent
Bruce
Foxton

We talk to
Crosby Stills & Nash

25
years of
Acid
Jazz

Plus: 10cc,
Bill Wilson, Butch Vig, Cockney Rejects, The Fall, Viv Albertine, Beth
Hart..
.

 

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