Category Vinyl Hunter Gatherer Stories

PICKING BY THE BUSHEL

Oh Joy is Me! Oh Woe is Me! I’ve Harvested A CD Tree* – *And more… A DVD Or Three. * Feel free to ask “Why?” about any of the above. I’d be curious to see whether I have answers other than ‘feeding frenzy’. * Apologies for the photo quality. Such was my haste to […]

TOWARDS THE LIGHT

So it has been a little over two weeks now, and I can report that progress has been made. The combination of pharmaceuticals, cognitive behavioural therapy and aversive therapy seems to be doing the trick. I’m feeling much lighter. Thanks to the nightly medication, I’ve stopped dreaming about record shops and actually had a conversation […]

REARVIEW MIRROR #4 (WINTER)

Being an multi-part wander through the Vinyl Connection year in music JUNE The question posed at the end of May was resoundingly answered in June. The log of purchases book shows over two pages of entries, ending just one shy of a half-century. Book me into the clinic, doctor. This boy needs vinyl detox. Or […]

REARVIEW MIRROR #3 (AUTUMN)

Being an multi-part wander through the Vinyl Connection year in music MARCH Taking a stall at a record fair is good for the soul. A chance to reduce the holding a little, clear some shelf space, clean the springs. Bullshit. Though it wasn’t when I started doing fairs in the mid-90s. Then I was flogging […]

REARVIEW MIRROR #1

Being an multi-part wander through the Vinyl Connection year in music JANUARY On vacation you often have to settle for charity shops for your crate-digging fix. Sometimes you’ll be lucky and the local Sunday market coincides with your time in a sea-side town, but not necessarily. Even if it does, chances are the solitary box […]

VARIOUS ARTISTS — AN INTRODUCTION

Compilations. Collections of tracks by various artists. They have been around as long as long-playing records and aren’t stopping any time soon. We’ve bought them, made them, mocked them and sometimes even played them. They are ubiquitous. Everyone has some, everyone files them differently. Various Artists. Compiled albums. They include tacky TV specials and curated […]

FAIR GAME

Getting ready for a Record Fair used to be quite a stimulating process. Organising and pricing the records, loading up the car for an early start, lumping eight 20 kg crates of vinyl into a big draughty hall… OK, it wasn’t all enjoyable, but there was a small jolt of anticipation when you were finally […]