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Concert Tickets and Passes: Small Pieces Of Music History

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Concert tickets and backstage passes have become excellent collectibles. Most are not overly expensive and they make a great scrap book project or, even better, make for a great art piece when designed into a collage to enjoy on a wall. Like most music collectibles, the artist matters (although also always a matter of personal taste), but older dated shows from an artist's early career or particularly famous shows can be the most highly sought after. Like with most collectibles, condition matters as well. Concert tickets and backstage passes make great collectibles Sometimes it's not about the artist, but rather...

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History of The Beatles Book: Fab 4 Time Capsules From 1963 On

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The Beatles Book was a series of magazines about the Beatles that was published from 1963 through 2003, which some interruptions along the way. The magazines contained photos and stories of the group from its earliest days and helped drive the mania that surrounded the Beatles as their popularity grew. The publication was founded in 1963 by Sean O'Mahony (1932-2020), who had worked in the music business since the 1950s after first running a coffee bar. By the early 1960s he had become the advertising manager at Pop Weekly, which was a magazine published by Robert Stigwood (who later went on to sign the...

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Immortal Album Covers: The Story of Hipgnosis

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Album art helped define the arrival of new music during its heyday, which ran roughly from the later 60s to the 80s when vinyl albums ruled music sales worldwide. While smaller formats such as cassettes, CDs and later streaming imposed size and format limitations on artwork since then, the contributions of visual artists to herald the arrival of new music is still fondly remembered by many. One of the most prolific groups of artists worked under the name Hipgnosis. The main partners behind Hipgnosis were Peter Christopherson, Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson. Freelance designers Richard Evans, George Hardie and Richard Manning...

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Exploring International Record Awards: BPI, CRIA, ARIA and More

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While RIAA awards (those made by the official U.S. record industry trade association, the Recording Industry Association of America) are arguably the best-selling record awards among collectors, there are other choices in the marketplace which can bring similar joy, memories and value to one's collection. These awards are produced under the authorization of similar recording industry trade organizations in various other countries whose industries have created such an organization and who issue sales awards to certify sales in those countries. There are a couple of ways these awards can add depth to a collection. One is that some artists have only done...

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Stellar Collection Of Rolling Stones Items Up For Sale: Updated

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MusicGoldmine.com has recently acquired, from numerous different sources around the world including Stones bassist Bill Wyman himself, a varied selection of truly stellar, one-of-a-kind Rolling Stones memorabilia items. Wyman is well-known to be a serious and committed collector of memorabilia from his own group, with which he played bass and provided other musical contributions on every album and toured the world with for over three decades from 1962-1993. He recently decided to part with the lion's share of his vast collection and we were fortunate enough to acquire some wonderful pieces. In addition to the Wyman items, we have scoured the...

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