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Painting of a large man in a black robe-like shirt sitting in a big red chair with gold edges against a white background with trees
07 March 2018

It was fun.

Backstory: I've been taking February vacations in Puerto Rico 20 years now. Normally I'd leave 'round the beginning of the second week so...

Front of a building with ACORN BOOKSHOP on the sign, windows and a front door of glass, flowers out front.
01 February 2018

Indeed, a very near and dear friend has declared: my death is imminent, be prepared. Hospice forthwith. All good things must pass. Great things will always...

Black album cover with gray thin stripes in the middle there's a black man's face with a bowler hat on at the top it says Original Master Recording then below it says Willie Dixon, I am the Blues
03 January 2018

Can a record collection have a soul and does it reveal the man who owned it?

In my time on earth as a music dealer, I've...

Young geeky guy with big black rimmed glasses wearing a bathrobe holding an electric guitar in a room with two wooden stools
05 December 2017

Beauty and trance and grace--are you getting near the amount you need?

As Keith Richards has said, everybody needs some trance in their daily lives....

An album cover with words white on black at top The Kinks and Where Have all the good Times gone and then an oval below with yellow background with four young men with brown hair
31 October 2017

Where's the soundtrack? You can't have a revolution without the right music.

In high school I...

Guy making a mean face holding a guitar and giving us the middle finger
05 October 2017

I recently looked in the mirror and decided it was time to name my column, 'Yo, Grampa."

Yo, Grampa, what was the Alamo like?