Thursday, May 28, 2020

Happy Anniversary to Us!

Today is the 6th anniversary of AM (amontheradio.com). In that time, we've logged more than 3 million hits. It was also nearly two years ago that I started the radio show, at first just five minutes, then big time on IHeart Radio, and now we do a 30-minute weekly thing, Friday mornings.

While I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about the rock era from the 60s onward, and because I'm a collector, people seek my advice on the value of their records. But here's the thing: I'm a collector, not an investor. And while I do know plenty, I buy records, both new and vintage, for the music and my close association with vinyl as a medium. I don't buy what I buy based on its value as an investment. My White Album is mine. Discogs says that based on the low number and the pristine condition, it's worth well over $100 in average pricing. I only know that because of the point I'm making; I looked it up, but I don't care. I'm not selling.

And I have LPs worth far more. Still don't care. There is NEVER a time when I make a purchase and keep it sealed in its wrapper - that's for investors. I'm just here for the music and the aesthetics of having a collection of which I'm proud.

Don't get me wrong. I've sold items on eBay and Discogs, mostly when I've upgraded. Or, for instance, this "collectible," Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" from Cleopatra Records that comes in a canvas bag. I've been playing it a lot because of the 40th anniversary of Ian's demise, but when I'm done, I'm selling it; it has no personal value. I'll get 40 bucks or so and with it, I'll upgrade my original copy, which is a mess, full of pops and gracklesquawks. I'll keep it because I've had it for 4 decades, then I'll get myself a replacement, mint, Factory Records (FAC23) - about $30. Win/win.

Bottom line: Your collection is worth what it means to you.

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