December 2013, in al-Khalifa street, Old Cairo
They looked like armadillos boinking a mailbox, and yes, they were speakers. They were virtually indestructible. They hung on the inside of your car window when it was freezing outside and wouldn’t allow you to roll it up all the way.
They were also easily stolen with a pen knife. Lupe had a wall of them in his apartment, all wired together and hooked up to his stereo for a tinny wall of sound. Listening to Led Zeppelin through a dozen drive-in rattlebuzzers was truly something to behold. Truly.
What’s in the trunk? Pure rock and roll.
Note that they’re not just grabbing necks and posing. They’re playing chords with awesome electric axes. If anyone knows who they are, lemme know and give us a iink. We’ll give you credit in an update.
Once May Day was coopted by socialists (to commemorate the 1917 Communist Bolshevik Revolution) President Grover Cleveland sought to distance an observance to honor those who worked in jobs requiring physical exertion. Labor Day was created as a sop to the unions, and it accomplished little except to foment class envy, the lever used by Leftists throughout history.
Labor Day was easily coopted by Unions, who are by definition socialist. Work too hard or too efficiently, you make the sluggards look bad. That’s what I was told, as was my father – work at average or below, nothing more, or you’re out of a job. When the top producers drop to the mean, the mean drops even lower.
There’s something obviously wrong and inherently evil with that credo, and I never bought into it.
Every worker starts out as a pissant. Few workers stay at that level… unless they want to. Who is dumb enough to want long-term minimum wage? I certainly didn’t.
Note that there is no holiday respecting the one institution that supports labor, pays for labor, frees people from impoverished economic slavery and provides step stones to prosperity, and that is Free-Market Capitalism.
Anyone who tells you otherwise is either ignorant or a liar.
BTW, here’s your bratwurst. Mustard’s over there.
I spotted an article about the resurgence of the popularity of vinyl records recently. The Missus and I were discussing dumping our collection of LP records (actually, only the Missus was) and I remembered that I had some albums that might be of value to someone. The first one that came to mind was this:
I knew a little bit about the history of Introducing The Beatles. It was their first release in the US. Capitol Records and others had turned them down, but VeeJay Records took the plunge and released it in 1964. Quite the collector’s item for an audiophile, but what might it’s value be?
Copies list on Ebay with a surprisingly large spread for such a well-known rarity: $25-$900. Certainly the condition of the disc and album cover affects the value, but it’s still an odd price range.
So I went to fetch my copy of “Introducing…” and I found TWO – one a bit worse for wear, and the other in good shape. There were noticeable differences. The Copy A songs on the disc don’t match the album cover list, but those on Copy B do, and there is an obvious disparity in printing quality of the cover faces. Both copies have the “stereophonic” banner.
That’s my Copy A on the left with my Copy B on the other left. It’s a single photo of the two copies, side-by-side, cropped for posting.
Here are the reverse sides of the covers. Copy A is matte finish and faded; Copy B is glossy.
Here’s a detail with the bottom of the banners aligned. Both images were scanned and cropped with the same software. Obvious differences are obvious, and they’re even more obvious when one looks closer:
Kinda suspicious, eh? By now I was curious, and I found an article entitled “Collector’s Corner – ‘Introducing The Beatles’ (the world’s most counterfeited album)” penned by a guy who calls himself Happy Nat. The guy knows his stuff, and described the history of the album. There were two basic versions printed due to a dispute between VeeJay Records and Capitol records over recording rights. I determined that my Copy A was Version 2, while my Copy B was Version 1. I also noted that the stereo versions are the rarest, and a genuine copy may be worth thousands, depending on other minor variations.