• Black History Shared Through Vinyl In case I haven't shared the beginning, here it is in a nutshell: My son came home from elementary school, and said, "Dad, I need something to take to school for Black History Month.” That was the beginning of collecting black history as a specific area. My son was in second or third grade then and now he is in his first year of college, so let’s call it about 10 years. Now I have a black hi…
  • Jack White foils eBay flippers, angers fans Jack White's Third Man Records produces a large number of standard all-black vinyl records for every album it releases—but those LPs and 45s aren't the ones that drive fans wild. No, what the fans go crazy for are the limited-edition versions, made in two- and three-colored vinyl. The trouble is, scalpers or "flippers" have been profiteering off of the fans' insatiable appetite for these r…
  • Beatles 45s To Make You Twist and Shout About 12 years ago a coworker told me that they saw a picture sleeve on eBay from The Beatles selling for 500 dollars. My sister had given me a Beatles 45 picture sleeve when I was quite young. I went to make sure I still had it, and it was similar and still in excellent condition. So that started up my interest again. I had a couple of more Beatles 45s and albums, and I did a little research on t…
  • Secrets of the Blue Note Vault: Rediscovering Monk, Blakey, and Hancock When I was a jazz DJ in Philadelphia, Blue Note was always my favorite label. Naturally I had a lot of jazz-musician friends, and many of them told me that they’d played in a lot of Blue Note sessions that were never released. I started to keep a list of these sessions in a little notebook, and in 1973 I started banging on the door of Blue Note to find someone to show it to. My inquiries fell o…
  • Your Turntable Is Not Dead: Inside Jack White’s Vinyl Record Empire When the White Stripes got signed, Jack White created Third Man Records as an insurance policy. With the White Stripes and, later on, Whirlwind Heat and the Raconteurs, the bands only licensed their music to record companies—the labels didn’t really own it. So in case things went sour, Third Man was a way for Jack and the bands to be able to maintain ownership of their masters and their records. …
  • Stephen M. H. Braitman on the British Invasion, from the Beatles to the Sex Pistols I was a Hollywood kid. My father was a TV and radio editor in the San Fernando Valley, and he allowed me to do my first writing to review concerts and shows for the newspaper. But as a younger kid, I really hated rock ’n’ roll music and pop music, and I disliked the Beatles and all that. I have a younger sister who was a total Beatlemaniac. She started getting into the ’60s scene, but I was more…