Friday, July 24, 2009
Within the last couple of days I have received a couple of weird form letters from Box.net, who do a fine job of hosting my music...somebody complained (to Box, not me) about three of the records I posted...these are:
Bob McFadden and Dor: The Mummy
Robert Parker: All Nite Long (part 2)
Johnny Horton: The Battle of New Orleans.
These files were yanked by Box...who sent me a form letter stating that I violated copyright laws by sharing these sides. Oh well. Things like this happen sometimes.
Here's where things start to get weird...why on earth did someone complain about Part Two of the Robert Parker record...but not Part One? Surely the same copyright law applies to both sides of the same record.
Then, when I went to check on the status of the Horton and Parker files, by going to my blog and clicking on the offending files, I find that my Some Scarce Seven-Inchers posting has gone...Vanished! Kaput! Joined the Choir Invisible!
Gone is the Blossom Dearie record! The rare Columbia seven-inch singles! Those great New Orleans 78s from 1959!
It seems that this blog is under attack by someone. Some dirty little coward who probably has nothing better to do than create havoc...and run away.
Thank goodness that Google has cached an old copy of the post somewhere...I've reconstructed the page as well as I could, with the original posting date and original comments. And a few new comments of my own (in green).
It's too bad that this kind of thing is happening. If much more damage occurs, then I'll just pack the blog up and let it vanish. I have far too many other things to worry about.
Monday, July 20, 2009
This cat's 28...I know a couple of other (even younger) collectors...our hobby (er, obsession) will be in good hands as the Old Guard passes.
This weekend was fairly eventful...the fortieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission coincided eerily with the passing of TV news icon, Walter Cronkite at the age of 92. Cronkite, of course, was anchorman at CBS from 1962 to 1981 and covered the moonflight.
Man On The Moon Walter Cronkite and others CBS News special record
It's quite thought-provoking...the voices of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, and President Nixon interspersed with Cronkite's reassuring baritone (and no unnecessary music or other such hoopla) make this a most interesting twenty minutes.
This record evidently was given as a premium by several companies...I've seen one in a special outer sleeve that advertised Corning Glass. This copy has no outer sleeve, but has the sticker with the record's title printed over the logo for International Paper.
As I mentioned before, the last couple of Sundays have been rather busy at this end...and Grits has a couple of Sunday gigs to attend. We couldn't broadcast. Ah well...the answers to the audio Quiz will eventually be properly aired, but at an unspecified later date. Keep watching this space as information becomes available.