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It hurts me to be a kissin’ cousin

THE ROUND PLACE IN THE MIDDLE is a web­site that I stum­bled over some­time last year. There John Ross writes about rock & roll and Elvis and books and movies and even about critics with their arses up their heads. I was im­pressed with writing, in­sights, ar­gu­ments. So I sent him a mes­sage and that was more or less it. [Continue reading]

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the dawning of the age of cut-out albums

ELVIS CUT-OUT ALBUMS began ap­pearing in the mid-1970s. The dawning of the age of Elvis cut-outs opened with a handful of ti­tles from a few years ear­lier that had been deleted due to di­min­ishing sales. This ar­ticle is an overview of the cut-out bins of the ’70s and the Elvis al­bums that found their way to them. [Continue reading]

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what makes something collectable?

BUYERS AND SELLERS of any­thing con­sid­ered col­lec­table often fail to achieve their goals of fi­nan­cial suc­cess be­cause they do not un­der­stand a few basic con­cepts con­cerning the na­ture of any col­lec­table. Be­cause this a record col­lec­tors web­site, I will refer to records in this essay, but you can sub­sti­tute al­most any other col­lec­table and the com­ments re­main vir­tu­ally un­changed about what makes some­thing collectable. [Continue reading]

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warhol elvis worth eighty million?

THE ANDY WARHOL 1963 painting of Elvis sold for more than $82,000,000, as­tounding the art world by fetching mil­lions more than its es­ti­mate. The sale es­caped the at­ten­tion of most people out­side of that art world. Christie’s Post-War & Con­tem­po­rary Art Evening Sale of No­vember 12, 2014, pro­vided a record-shattering night in the sale of sev­eral works of the second half of the 20th century. [Continue reading]

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return of the rockahula baby

SOMEWHERE IN THE PAST, someone gave me the nick­name of the “Price Guide Guru,” be­cause my first books for O’­Sul­livan Wood­side were the most ac­cu­rate price guides the record col­lecting field had seen. I have long for­gotten who as­signed it to me, but I have used it on and off ever since, both in pieces that I con­tributed to Gold­mine mag­a­zine and in the com­men­tary sec­tions of my books. [Continue reading]