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Re: Fw: Harold Moores

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David Weiner <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 11 Aug 2010 17:07:19 -0400

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The worst "scene" I've ever experienced were several of the Lincoln Center
Performing Arts Library sales in the 80s - people would begin lining up
around 5 AM for the sale which began at 10.  The powers that be kept
rearranging the setup of these sales, but they always turned into a
free-for-all, with everyone piling in the revolving doors and racing up
stairs and down halls to the various rooms where records, books, playbills,
sheet music, posters and ephemera would be arrayed.  All duplicates from the
library's collection.  My friends and I all found fantastic stuff there, but
the pushing and shoving was a real pain.  People would grab things right out
of your hands and run, or sweep up everything in a box and stuff it into
boxes of their own to drag across the floor and sift through later.   Once,
while waiting on the huge line to pay, some guy stood at the top of a
staircase and screamed at us, "You're all ANIMALS! ANIMALS!" 

Many times you'd see the life collection of a formerly famous performer,
musician or writer, all there for two bits.  The saddest assortment I
remember seeing was the memorabilia of comedian Harry Hershfield, who was
huge in his day.  His gold-plated membership card to the Lambs Club, all
manner of framed testimonials and gifts were sitting forlornly on a table,
marked between 25 and 50 cents apiece, with no takers.  One friend did buy a
souvenir megaphone that Rudy Vallee had given to Harry - for a buck!

Dave Weiner

-----Original Message-----
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Don Chichester
Sent: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 4:42 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Fw: Harold Moores

I can foresee a new show on History Channel: "American Record Pickers."  8>)
Don
 
 
In a message dated 8/11/2010 4:10:41 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
[log in to unmask] writes:

Note that "THEY PLAN TO REFILL THE SKIP ALL WEEK"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This  is a wonderful story with a great twist of irony in the video.  One  
British collector raves that this is like Christmas, but then an  
American collector remarks that the great records are not to be found  
here.  BUT, then comes a young British lass, obviously too young to  
remember when this record came out, holding up the find that is  
especially exciting for her because it contains the stars of the Goon  
Show, Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, and Harry Seacombe.  In case you  do 
not recognize it -- the only other copy of this record I have ever seen  
is the one I own, which friends mailed me from England when it was new  
-- it is "How To Win An Election (or not lose by much)"  Philips AL  3464 
(A10779L) written by Leslie Bricusse, and recorded in 1964 with  Sellers 
doing his parts in the U.S. and mailing the tape to England.   Also in 
her hand is "That Was the Week That Was" produced on Parlophone by  
George Martin in between the first several Beatles albums.  I can't  see 
if her copy is mono or stereo, but stereo copies were unobtainable in  
England because they were all sent to the U.S. with Odeon labels pasted  
over them.  I hadn't known it was available in the U.S. and my  friends 
in England even tried a special order of the stereo but had to  send me a 
mono.  I found my stereo copy several years later when The  Record Hunter 
on 5th Ave were selling out the remainders of all of the  Odeon 
paste-overs from Capitol Of The World.  I think that those two  albums 
would fetch perhaps $50 U.S. each on Ebay.  What ELSE is in  the pile she 
is holding???!!!!

Ironically a friend on Facebook  yesterday linked an article about some 
swimming pools NYC has manufactured  out of dumpsters and are placing 
them on city streets -- including Park  Ave just South of Grand Central 
Terminal  -- and I replied that this  gives new meaning to dumpster 
diving.  Then another friend said that  she hated shopping and I remarked 
that I love to shop for books and  records but not cars.  Now comes THIS!

Actually Leah and I have a  reputation around ARSC of not feeling that 
dumpster diving is beneath our  dignity when it comes to records.  And I 
know of collections of Old  Time Radio that were found in dumpsters.  
Some irreplaceable Columbia  matrix file cards were likewise retrieved 
from an early form of  dumpster.

Back in the mid-60s I was in the middle of a mob scene at  Bambergers 
Paramus NJ when they advertised an open-reel pre-recorded tape  sale at 
$1 each for Saturday.  There was a mob of men at the doors  when it 
opened at 10 AM and 600 tapes were gone in less than ten  minutes.  I 
would dive in and grab an armful and toss back the ones I  didn't want 
and go in for another armful.  It was a stereotypical mob  scene like in 
Filiene's basement.  There was a similar but smaller  mob at Sam Goody's 
Paramus one day in the mid-70s when they put out a  browser table which 
had the entire Victor Vintage series cut-outs at $1.69  each.   That one 
I lucked into because the cut-out and the sale  were both unannounced.

The records here bring to mind two things.   A few summers ago  
Footlights in NYC sold out its store stock at  prices that eventually 
reached down to 50 cents in a store which  specialized in rare shows and 
personalities.  Leah and I went back  there maybe ten times that Summer 
and got perhaps a thousand LPs.   Some 50 cent records had original price 
tags of over $25 as they started  to bring out their back-room stock.  
The other occasion these types  of records seen in the dumpster brings to 
mind is the classical section in  this years Archive of American Music 
sale in NYC.  Since they do not  collect classical, all classical was 
priced at 50 cents.  Ironically,  many of them had stickers from my 
favorite NYC store, Acadamy. for 10 or  25 cents!  I should have gotten 
them there, and many times I  have.  Actually, one time Acadamy had five 
sealed boxes of 75 or so  classical LPs by the door that were free.  So 
the next morning I took  my car into the city and took the boxes.  The 
Archive sale this year  had sealed boxes of about 100 classical LPs each 
by the door that were $5  a box.  As we were getting close to 200 records 
and LaserDiscs  already I didn't partake of any of the 5 buck boxes.

Then of  course there are the occasional library sales we have had at 
ARSC and the  Belfer sales in Syracuse.  78 sales tend to be a little 
more reserved  because of the fragility of the items,   Leah and I have  
developed a teamwork approach at these massive competitive sales, and it  
certainly helps me to have someone young and nimble to help grab and  
guard, and having a second set of eyes on the lookout has been very  
advantageous because she has found some great stuff I would have  missed.

Mike Biel  [log in to unmask]



On 8/11/2010  4:13 AM, Steve Abrams wrote:
> Here is a link to story and video  :
>
>  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-10930145
>
>  SA
>
>
>  --------------------------------------------------
> From: "Steve  Abrams"<[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, August 11, 2010  8:24 AM
> To: "Association for Recorded Sound Discussion  
List"<[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Harold  Moores
>
>> Harold Moores is arguably the best record shop in  London.  Yesterday 
they
>> closed for refurbishment.  With  permission from Westminster Council 
they put
>> out 4,000 records in  a skip.  I gather there was a riot, thanks for  
Twitter.
>>
>> Is there anyone on the List who can give a  first hand account?
>>
>>  SA
>>
>

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