Letter to Record Collector

This should be a letter to Record Collector magazine, but I feared the spill of jumbled thoughts might turn into a very long screed. Record Collector is an English monthly. I think it spun off from a small magazine called Beatle News and became a separate entity not...

LP Review: Roland Nipp

One of the tricks of winning more technique is not losing your soul. It happens. When a musician first learns, there is something pure about what they produce. It is them, doing the best they can with what skill they have. There is personality. As they learn more the...

Retirement

I didn’t plan to retire, but it looks like I did. I thought I’d be a lifer, would work at The Province until the newspaper or me drew its last breath. What happened instead was more instinctual. It’s not like I hadn’t thought about retiring. I...

The Railway Before And After

The Railway Club reopened as The Railway Stage And Beer Cafe April 5, 2017 and life seemed to return to normal. Closed for nine months, the Railway became a symbol of just how tough it is to operate a night club in Vancouver. Weak economy, changing market, tough...

the completist

I am a completist. It’s an offshoot of being a record collector. and not life threatening, but being a completist is like being ill. A completist has to own everything by a recording act or a label. That makes the completist vulnerable because of the weakness...

Ifs, Ands, or Butts

At 70 years plus, Butts Giraud was about to get into a van and go to a gig with his band, the Real Deal. He’d learned to play harmonica and now, not only was he a leading member of the band, but did the booking and had released an album, Silver Magic, drafting...

Miss America For Donald Trump

“Before I congratulate her on being crowned Miss America, I would like to ask her a few questions.” “Thank you very much. I’d just like to say I want world peace and to create a world where children can grow up healthy and happy.”...

Octopus Of Destiny

“I’m gonna blow this pop stand.” “What? You’re an octopus. This is an aquarium.” “I’m escaping.” “How? What?’ “Down the drainpipe.” “And then what? Miles of park, miles of dry...

The Last Supper

“Welcome to The Last Supper Restaurant. I’ll be assisting you in your suicide but before we go into that, what would you like to eat as this will be your last meal?” “Thank you. Could I see the menu first?” “Certainly. I’ll be...

Book excerpt two

Vancouver got its shot of rhythm and blues from Calgary.“The Calgary Shades — Tommy Melton, Tommy Chong, Bernie Sneed, Wes Henderson and Floyd Sneed,” Bill Reiter,  instantly rattles off their names. Reiter, who ran a record shop in Chinatown and...