Collector’s Voice

Author seeks definition of ‘Beatleness’ from those who know it best: the fans

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In what she calls “the fan story of last century,” sociologist and author Candy Leonard shares the stories of scores of first-generation Beatle-lovers on what it was like to be an original fan. You won’t find interviews with band members, lovers, former roadies or anyone even remotely associated with The Beatles in “Beatleness;” these are the words a 9-year-old watching Ed Sullivan on Feb. 9, 1964, a 7-year-old who dreamed of marrying George Harrison, and the pre-teen who refused to cut his hair.

Music collectors deserve to get top-notch CD packaging, too

Pink Floyd Dark Side of The Moon Immersion Edition

Dear record companies, dear musicians, dear design people: We want better protection for our investments. If we pay big bucks for a box set, package the CDs in jewel cases. If we are willing to pay the bucks for the cardboard packaging, we certainly will pay a few dollars more for jewel boxes! Most people who buy CDs do not treat them like trash. It’s a shame you currently do.