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A very Happy New Year from both 991.com and Record Collector Magazine.  If you want to start the year as you mean to go on, sign up for the weekly edition of R.C. Weekly Newsletter by contacting anna.bowen@metropolis.co.uk and mention 991.com


Happy 2013. Yes, the
newsletter is back, after a long break putting its feet up at a chic clinic a
few exclusive kilometres outside Oslo, where highly-trained 6ft 2in blonde
nurses made soothing noises and highly-trained 5ft 4in brunette waitresses
tottered along on red high heels and delivered unspeakably awful food in the
interests of health. What was the highlight of the newsletter’s Christmas break?
An unlikely one: the posthumous discovery that its father was correct when it
banned it from watching Magical Mystery Tour when it was eight years old.
Finally got to see it after all these years and the newsletter thought it was
terrible; nigh-on unwatchable. Still think Flying is a great instrumental, like
a psychedelic MGs, and still reckon Ringo is a great
despite all the arguments to the contrary fuelled by a random
Lennon quip, but the movie is lousy, which is clearly why the BBC
screened the documentary about it first: if you’d seen the film first, you’d
never watch the doc.


When we
are not being pampered unnecessarily or peering at the telly,
RC’s staff are to
be found with their faces in books, tryin’ ter look interllechual and like we
can read and everyfink. Normally it would be
5,000 Shades Of
, our Vinyl
Fetish novel, in which a young student falls in love with an older man who locks
her in a basement and gently coaxes her to womanly fulfillment by getting her to
catalogue his record collection. But from time to time we do actually read
something worthwhile and we’re currently enamoured of an academic publication
about our favourite objects called Vinyl: A History Of The
Analogue Record
, by Richard
Osbourne. It basically pulls apart what we know about the vinyl record and
rebuilds it from the ground up: the groove, the disc shape, the various formats,
why we love them so, the record’s cultural impact, why vinyl has survived. As an
academic hardback, it’s not cheap, but it made me think afresh about this
obsession with plastic circles.



What else is new… ish?
Bowie is back! Really. And yes, he sounds like him, oddly enough;
I like it, although
it’s a little funereal: (it may well have been taken down by the time
you see this). At least
he’s retained his dignity, unlike so many other legends; not necessarily the
outcome you’d have predicted for the man who duetted with both Bing and
Iggy. And there’s an official Dylan collection of out-takes
released in a limited edition of, blimey, 100 copies, designed to beat the
copyright laws. You can forget about getting one, though: I’ve got 49 of them
propping up one corner of my desk after one of its legs fell off during RC’s drunken New Year rave.


by the number of emails we’ve had about it already, our January edition with
Queen on the cover is
selling like half-price fried chicken. That follows a top-selling
cover, and
we’re working on some more massive classic rock acts for future editions. The
next one, meanwhile, apart from revealing the reality about an oft-misunderstood
aspect of
, looks into the
first moments of
Madonna’s fame,
uncovers some
from Trunk
records, and goes all 60s electronica with
. There is more,
but the stuff is being put together as I speak so I shan’t say owt else. But I
promise you this is going to be a great year for
, and I hope the
same applies for you.


you for reading



Ian McCann
Record Collector Editor


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