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Eddie Van Halen Isolated Guitar Tracks

Posted by James Duncan on

In honor of Eddie Van Halen's birthday today, January 26, here's a few tracks of his guitar work, isolated so you hear him alone. While many know him for his speedy fretwork, double picking and hammer-on/harmonic work, he is also a great riff master. Eddie's terrific songwriting chops shine through in his great rhythm guitar parts for Van Halen's tunes. Check out some samples below on "Runnin' With The Devil", "Little Guitars" and "Somebody Get Me A Doctor".  And don't forget to check out our Van Halen memorabila here. For more content like this, updates on our latest arrivals plus a...

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The Hardest Diamonds: 10M+ Selling Hard Rock Albums

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Here's an interesting chart showing the biggest selling hard rock/metal albums of all time, as measured by RIAA certified U.S. sales figures. AC/DC continues to reign supreme in the genre with their brilliant 1980 release Back In Black. Already a double diamond RIAA award winner, can it go for the triple? You will find more infographics at Statista For more content like this, updates on our latest arrivals plus a discount code, subscribe to our MusicGoldmine bi-weekly newsletter here.

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Vinyl Making A Comeback?

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We love vinyl! Turns out other people do too. Check out this chart that shows the pretty significant resurgence of vinyl record sales in the U.S. In fact, vinyl sales grew a healthy 14.6% from 2017 to 2018. Further, this comes after years of steady increases that started around 2006 as well. While the biggest story of music consumption continues to be around the growth of streaming services like Spotify, it's nice to see that our turntables will still be useful for at least some years to come... You will find more infographics at Statista For more content like this, updates on our latest...

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A Brief History of Autograph Collecting

Posted by Lilly Duncan on

The desire to collect written works and signatures of people has been around since ancient Roman times. Many people went to great lengths to preserve the manuscripts of Aristotle and thank goodness they did! Because of the value they placed on the written word we’re able to study Aristotle’s teachings today. The first autograph book – or “book of friends” – was compiled in 1466. Autographs of friends and people a person knew would be obtained to show others who you knew. Some inscribers also made small sketches next to their signature. These were valuable books of communication and could...

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The Allure of Concert Handbills

Posted by Lilly Duncan on

What is a handbill? Is it a poster or is it a flyer? The distinction is blurry. Handbills are smaller than a poster, but some are the same size as a small poster. See? This is where the confusion on their definition comes in, but most collectors will tell you that it is just semantics. Handbills gained their name because they were designed to be "handed out" on the street by those promoting a show. Either that or left on the counter of box offices, coffee shops, record stores, or anywhere that promoters thought that music fans would be. Conversely,...

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