DO NOT SELL AT ANY PRICE – Amanda Petrusich – Independant Book Review


Do not sell at any price by Amanda Petrusich – a book review

Do not sell at any price, available in lots of places..
Do not sell at any price, available in lots of places..

Let’s all get this straight from the start, I bought this book, I was not invited to give my opinion on it, but in the true tradition of peevishness, pugnacity and of irascibility I shall.. so nah!

I shall speak in perpetuum of the interminably un-ending indulgence of this writer’s fondant fancy froufrou, this lady’s lace work of metaphor and of the hyperbole of hype. The replacement of anything corporeal with the mere sweaty glaze of insignificancy.

There is something bothersome about the way in which this stripling (yes I’m downwardly ageist) seeks to engage with the very real world of the record collector. Seeking as she does to share in its glories and it’s potholed routes to discovery. Yawningly. In the terminating pages making reference to the fashionistas disposition for the veracity of the ancient and actual, as opposed to the fraudulent and counterfeit age of the binary digit, she I believe exposes herself for what, perhaps she is, a being lost in the porridge of ‘Bang on Trend’.

Simply Put

There is nothing to this book, it is smoke and mirrors, vapour lifts off it like the fog on page 192. There is no substance, no grit, no spunk (to coin a truly American use of  nomenclature). It’s all chit-chat between occasional highlights of actuality, of record rooms and real people. The distance the writer takes to travel between these moments of joy are as tedious to me as no doubt the miles she assures us she travelled in pursuit of the substance of this padded pillow of a book were, to her.

Takes One To Know One

As you get into the real thing, real collecting and you just are, simply, a real record collector, you see lots of odd shit. People think you’re cool, people aspire to be like you, you see middle-aged guys wearing T-Shirts with Record Deck representations on, but who don’t own an actual player, and who have placed their platters in the attic. In short you learn how to recognise others that really truly and honestly share your interest. Amanda Petrusich claims on a number of occasions within the book that she is thrilled by the acquisition of an item or two, and of missing out on some Charlie Patton tunes on Paramount and other … stuff. I’m sorry, I know it’s churlish, I know it’s bad of me, un-generous and I feel like a schmuck saying it, but I don’t buy it, it doesn’t ring true. She’s a dabbler, and a dabbler can’t have the kind of insight into record collecting that it requires to write something a record collector should read about record collecting.

It’s notable that all the endorsements on the rear of the dust jacket are by other writers, not one is visible from a collector of tunes.

Are there any redeeming features?

Not really. She writes well, it’s just that this was in essence a short article for a magazine of momentary dabblers, not a book for people who want a serious insight. It doesn’t give that, it just scrapes a bit of dust off the surface of the record (metaphor alert) and plays the first bar, before removing it from the turntable; instead of cleaning it thoroughly, playing it, inverting and then re-equalizing the RIAA curve to something akin to the original mastering, playing it through filters to remove as much top end hiss and low-end background as possible, reading on its history, digitizing it and finally cataloguing it by matrices.

It feels like a quick fix, a soundbite, and thusly a product of the present generation. No wonder they struggle to comprehend the depth of the ‘groove’. I can’t help but see with sadness the writer’s work as representative of this present generations’ struggle towards a clear vision of the ‘real’ and of the past as obscured by the ongoing Tsunami of phone Aps, social networking, online content and data management.

It was great reading about Bussard et al though.

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Sound System at the V&A Museum


Staying Power: Decks, Dance and Dialogue 1950-2000

Promotional image for Staying Power: Decks, Dance and Dialogue 1950-2000
  • What:
    Special Events
  • When:
    Fri 18 April 2014 14:00
  • Where:
    The V&A

SPECIAL EVENT: Explore the themes captured by photographers who have recorded the black experience.

A day and night event, open to all, to discover how photography has recorded the transformation of music, the wave of subcultures and the shifting disposition of a nation. Chill out with DJs in the garden, bring your photographs to our preservation experts, share your photo story with an oral historian, attend an image-making masterclass and show off your results in our pop-up display.

Jointly organised with the London International Ska Festival and Tighten Up Crew

Staying power is a partnership project between the V&A and the Black Cultural Archive (BCA) funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund under the Collecting Cultures Initiative

Discover Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio


March 22, 2014 03:39 AM PDT
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138 Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio – Roots and Ting

Show two for 2014, and there’s lots of Roots on this one, plus a little ting, a flavourin’ a likkel Reggae sauce, and some Rocksteady spice mix pon the chicken meal that is… Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio…

Tunes are certain to include..

Barrington Levy – Come On
Don Carlos – Declaration of Rights / Dub
Jimmy Dean – Black People Must Be Free
Chantells – Natty Supper
Well Pleased and Satisfied / Unknown Deejay – Barberman Bawling / Version
Bim Sherman – Tribulation / Dub
Martin Campbell – Richman
Buring Spear – Swell Head
Gaylands – A.B.C. Rocksteady
Desmond Dekker – Pickney Gal
Freddie McKay – A Little Bit Will Do
Lord Creator – Kingston Town
Herbie Carter and the Cables – Happy Time
Pat Kelly – I Don’t Want To Go
Bob Marley and the Wailers – Thank You Lord
I-sees – With A Broken Heart
Jonnie Clarke – It’s True
Lone Ranger – Annie Palmer
Eek A Mouse – Sensee Party

You can donate to Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio here – http://bigmikeydread.podomatic.com/ look down the right hand side and hit the Paypal button.
Your donations are the ONLY funding the show receives and are what keeps it going! – THANK YOU.

You can hook up with the show and Mikey at the Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio Facebook Group – http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_5364049933

Thanks for listening, and come back soon for the bestest in Jamaican music, chat, sillyness, then and now. – all the best – Mikey

And you can read about interesting stuf on Mikey’s Blog at – https://bigmikeydread.wordpress.com/

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Bigmikeydread on Reggae World Music Network with House of Reggae


November 25, 2013 06:51 AM PST
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Just to keep you guys going for a bit while I edit up the next show (Out soon Bigmigmikey Inna House of Reggae – Brand New Second Hand Part 2)
I am offering the Reggae World Music show Ian put out with me guesting alongside friends Clive and Ben on the 22nd Novvember this year (2013).
Ian broadcasts for RWMN every friday night at around 8pm GMT, and you can catch some excellent Deejays all week on RWMN, so check it out.

As usual we had fun, the recording is pretty disheveled and tatteed, but fun and frolics (and a lot of Rum) were had… and you can hear dat!

Tracks include:
JFK – Don Drummond
Lee Oswald – Roland Alphonso
Jack Ruby – Roland Alphonso
Night Food Ska – Lord Tanamo (apparently this is now thought to be Duke Reid singing!)
Hopeton Lewis – Boom Sharka Larka
Ken Boothe – Let’s Get It On
Heptones – Nobody Knows
Tommy McCook – Satta Amassagana
Freddy McKay – Dream My Life Over
Slim Smith – Lonely Lover
Freddie McGregor – Natural Collie
The Tellers – Rock Back
Viceroys –
Ras Michael and the sons of Negus – None of Jah Jah Children A Cry
Sylford Walker – Burn Babylon
Jah Bengie – I am Ethiopian
Leroy Smart – Ballistic Affair
Dillnger – Eastman Skank
Dennis Brown – Fisherman
Mighty Diamonds – I Need A Roof
Johnny Osbourne – He Can Surely Turn The Tides / Dub
?? Modern Stuff from Ian that I can’t even begin to work out how to spell?
Eek A Mouse – Ganja Smuggling
Tenor Saw – Run Come Call Me
Triston Palma – Roaming Girl
Little John – Joker Lover
Carl Meeks – Haul and Pull Up Selecter
Cocoa Tea – Lonesome Side
Cocoa Tea – Kingston Hot
Jah Thomas – What’s Cooking
Beenie Man – ?
Jah Lion – Roaring Lion
Toots and the Maytals – Pressure Drop ’72

You can donate to Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio here – http://bigmikeydread.podomatic.com/ look down the right hand side and hit the Paypal button.
Your donations are the ONLY funding the show receives and are what keeps it going! – THANK YOU.

You can hook up with the show and Mikey at the Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio Facebook Group – http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_5364049933

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Bogumil Lattest Find


Bogumil Yes!

Hi Bogumil here collector of ancient English, which is English, as in the UK, England, land of the brave Romanians home, I havve to find some more recent and great LP covers for your enjoyment.
have a very merry Christmas style English, Polish Potato Joy gift!
have a very merry Christmas style English, Polish Potato Joy gift!
oh joy, ohhh special needs, oh oh no, oh combustible corsage, oh oh.. third degree burning!
oh joy, ohhh special needs, oh oh no, oh combustible corsage, oh oh.. third degree burning!

 

It's like this man is Vietnam verteran, crazy on Polish potato wine, you must be crazy to record a deck of cards for the second time!
It’s like this man is Vietnam verteran, crazy on Polish potato wine, you must be crazy to record a deck of cards for the second time!
scrub your windows, tarmac your drive?
scrub your windows, tarmac your drive?
this will be putting hairs on your chest,.. oh sorry migration to chin..
this will be putting hairs on your chest,.. oh sorry migration to chin..
008
Fivepenny Penis, not Piece!
009
Joint first place winners of Polish Potoato Whiskey drinking competition 1972, what you think you lookin at?
Boss eyed George, country classics, unlike painting, not classic, just very poor effort on part of part time tractor driver, Sergei Ramzonnonoff
Boss eyed George, country classics, unlike painting, not classic, just very poor effort on part of part time tractor driver, Sergei Ramzonnonoff

Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio – These are a few of my favourite things. Part 3


129 Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio – These are a few MORE of my favourite things

July 28, 2013 11:03 AM PDT
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129 Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio – These are a few MORE of my favourite things Pt3

The continuation of favourite tunes.. my part 3 for you,.. simple as.

Tracks may include..

1.Tommy McCook – Moody Ska
2.Dennis Walks – Drifter
3.Dave Bartholomew – Monkey Speaks His Mind
4.The Itals – Ina Disa Time
5.Junior Byles – Pitchy Patchy
6. Chantells – Waiting In The Park
7.Junior Soul – Hustler
8.Wailers – Stepping Razor
9.Honey Boy Martin – Dreader Dread
10.Lone Ranger – Now The Gate Fly
11.Simple Simon – Honour Your Mother and Father
12.Eek A Mouse – Ganja Smuggling
13.Junior Dan – Look Out For The Devil
14.Johnny Osbourne – Gangster Sound
15.Ethiopians – Band Your Belly
16.Gregory Isaacs – Loving Pauper
17.Wailing Souls – Mr Fire Coal Man
18.Johnnie Clarke – Golden Snake
19.Ebony Sisters – Let Me Tell You Boy
20.Johnny Osbourne – Truths and Rights
21.Junior Parker – Feelin’ Good

You can donate to Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio here – http://bigmikeydread.podomatic.com/ look down the right hand side and hit the Paypal button.
Your donations are the ONLY funding the show receives and are what keeps it going! – THANK YOU.

You can hook up with the show and Mikey at the Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio Facebook Group – http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_5364049933

Thanks for listening, and come back soon for the bestest in Jamaican music, chat, sillyness, then and now. – all the best – Mikey

And you can read about interesting stuf on Mikey’s Blog at – https://bigmikeydread.wordpress.com/

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Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio – These are a few or my favourite things Pt1


May 27, 2013 11:25 AM PDT
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A collection with nattering of my favourite, most important, signposting collected tunes over the years, stuff that reminds me of days of yore, or were really important moments in learnng about ‘stuff’ or were given by friends, or mean something or.. or… or..
Well you get the picture…

Tracks may include..

1.Dread A Dread – Johnnie Clarke
2.Jump Nyahbinghi – Wailers
3.Can’t Take What happened in a West – Big Youth
4.Train to Zion – Linval Thompson and U-Brown
5.Every Knee Shall Bow – Barry Brown
6.Solid Foundation – Congos
7. Satta A Massagana – Abysinnians
8.Fighting Against Convicton – Bunny Wailer
9.Pity The Children – Cornell Campbell
10.Don’t Let Me Suffer – The Concords
11.Fat Boy – Bunny Brown
12.Version ’78 Style – Glen Brown & King Tubby
13.Mr Babylon Man – Sugar Minott
14.Chuck It – Demon Rockers
15.On The Other Side – Gladiators
16.Dance In A Parliament – Cocoa Tea
17.Goombay Rock – Blind Blake

You can donate to Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio here – http://bigmikeydread.podomatic.com/ look down the right hand side and hit the Paypal button.
Your donations are the ONLY funding the show receives and are what keeps it going! – THANK YOU.

You can hook up with the show and Mikey at the Bigmikeydread Reggae Radio Facebook Group – http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_5364049933

Thanks for listening, and come back soon for the bestest in Jamaican music, chat, sillyness, then and now. – all the best – Mikey

And you can read about interesting stuf on Mikey’s Blog at – https://bigmikeydread.wordpress.com/

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