OK, on the first anniversary of his passing, I’m recalling my first close encounter with the Artist: At the 1992 Winter Music Conference in Miami our group stopped by an up stairs club called Le Loft. We were drinking in the almost deserted front bar room when someone said Prince was playing a pickup gig in the back room. We headed back there and sure enough Prince was jamming with a small band. There were maybe 50 people in the room. We grabbed a booth and hung out for a couple of hours. On breaks Prince mixed with the crowd. Not real talkative but friendly to all. It was one of those magic late nights you can’t plan for. Little did I know we’d interact again in Chicago when Prince played a surprise show at our club Excalibur, and then came to be a regular visitor every time he came to Chicago. His death is such a shock even 1 year later. Thanks for the Magic, Sir.
Prince was known to do pop up performances at small clubs, the photo above is from a club show in Sydney, Australia.
Well, I finally started selling my giant stash of vinyl, as well as a couple of friends’ big collections and some bulk purchases I made over the years. I am using the Discogs site and it makes it easy and fun to sell vinyl. And there are a huge number of record collectors on Discogs. Very cool group and site!
I was a DJ all through the 80s working in clubs, and a reporter for Music magazines. Thus I was always in records pools and getting journalist review copies. I have many rarities including test pressings and most of the original Chicago House records in excellent condition. Because I used to buy out sections of record stores when they went out of business, I also have a lot of sealed and duplicate copies.
With the combination of sources, all genres and eras are pretty well represented. Vinyls and CDs from the 1950s to the 2000s can be found in my store. Albums, 12-inch singles, EPs, Box Sets, CDs and even 45s can be found in my collection. There’s something for just about every musical taste.
Anyway, visit my site and my store if you are a vinyl picker, DJ or just want to check out some Beautiful Discs!
Rust Never Sleeps, still one of the top 10 concerts I’ve seen in my lifetime. Happy Birthday Neil Young – a bottomless talent of amazing, deep risk-taking music. One of the longest relevant careers in rock history and the wildest range of styles. 60s to 2010’s he never coasted or took the easy way out artistically. Not for everyone I guess, but that’s one of my favorite things about him.
In my opinion every DJ should celebrate that the highest paid DJs make up to $66 million. When the top end is this high there are so many more opportunities to make money in the middle. I agree with many of the complaints I hear from DJs, that skills have really deteriorated (mixing and programming both), that PR/promotion and looks have become too important, and that you don’t have a shot at the big bucks unless you are also a Producer. But still, when I was a DJ in those ancient late 20th century days, I’m not sure if there was even one DJ making a million a year. An entire industry has been created. There’s a game to be played that was never there back in the day.
I was privileged to meet the Artist several times when he visited one of our clubs in #Chicago, Excalibur, that he was quite fond of. One night he did an impromptu live performance. An amazing person. Rest in Peace!