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always check your source’s sources!

AL­WAYS CHECK YOUR SOURCE’S SOURCES! If you are not hip to the fact that bil­lions of “facts” cir­cu­lating on the in­ternet aren’t re­motely factual—even when found on oft-quoted web­sites or from well-known authors—then con­sider this your wake-up call. Many writers don’t know enough about their topics to know when a source is unreliable. [Read more] “always check your source’s sources!”

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why in heaven’s name is quincy jones calling elvis a racist?

IT’S “QUORA QUES­TION TIME” AGAIN! Once more, there’s a ques­tion on Quora con­cerning Elvis that I an­swered. Here is the ques­tion: “Why is Quincy Jones sud­denly falsely claiming that Elvis, whom he never met, would have been racist?” Why people are end­lessly ru­mi­nating about Presley’s end­lessly de­bunked “racism” is an end­lessly mind-numbing ques­tion to me. [Read more] “why in heaven’s name is quincy jones calling elvis a racist?”

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a nutshell guide to the billboard record charts of the ’50s

I SWEAR I DID NOT COME CLOSE to the Pub­lish button while working on this piece! Still, somehow man­aged to “pub­lish” this in­com­plete ar­ticle and have to deal with the fallout. And I wasn’t even plan­ning on pub­lishing this ar­ticle on this blog—I was going to move it on over to my Rather Rare Records blog.  [Read more] “a nutshell guide to the billboard record charts of the ’50s”

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a little personal background information

WHEN RE­QUIRED TO POST A PRO­FILE on the in­ternet, I usu­ally write, “Mys­tical lib­eral likes long walks alone at night in the dark in the city in the rain with an um­brella and a flask of 10-year-old Laphroaig.” While this bit of irony works for some readers, others want a little more in terms of per­sonal back­ground information. [Read more] “a little personal background information”

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I am writing a new column about records for another blog!

MY NEWEST EN­DEAVOR is writing a column for an­other blog! The blog is Six­ties Music Se­crets, an in­for­ma­tive audio/visual blog with insight-filled con­ver­sa­tions be­tween knowl­edge­able, cu­rious, and nos­talgic readers re­garding all things mu­sical from the 1960s. The column is “The Avid Record Collector.”

In this column, I will look at records that were mass-produced in the 1960s and sub­se­quently deleted from record com­pany cat­a­logs. [Read more] “I am writing a new column about records for another blog!”

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don’t you think it’s weird that so many people impersonate elvis?

SO I OPEN UP MY EMAIL and there’s a no­ti­fi­ca­tion telling me that someone re­quests my an­swer to a ques­tion on Quora. I tend to ig­nore these ques­tions as many are id­i­otic and are just a means for the asker to get some at­ten­tion on Quora. But the ques­tion was “Is it weird that so many people im­per­sonate Elvis?” [Read more] “don’t you think it’s weird that so many people impersonate elvis?”

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deep-sea, iridescent “elvis worms” have researchers all shook up

“FROM ELVIS WORMS to the Milky Way’s edge, these sci­ence sto­ries sparked joy in 2020.” How could I re­sist that head­line? Even though the tagline to this web­site is “a blog about Elvis Pres­ley’s music and the records it can be found on” and this ar­ticle has ab­solutely nothing to do with music or records, they had me at “Elvis worms.” [Read more] “deep-sea, iridescent “elvis worms” have researchers all shook up”