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|Rockaway Records Blog Holiday Sale 2017: Store Hours And DiscountsThis Saturday and Sunday December 16th and 17th Rockaway will be hosting its annual holiday sale. Click through to find out what will be on sale during the 2-day event as well as the sale discounts.Please note our extended store hours during this weekend's 2-day holiday sale. We will be opening one hour early on both Saturday and Sunday, at 10am.Rockaway Holiday Hours:Christmas Eve (12/24/17): 10am - 6pmChristmas Day (12/25/17): CLOSEDNew Year's Eve (12/31/17): 11am - 6 pmNew year's Day (1/1/18): CLOSEDRockaway Records Blog|
|Rockaway Records Blog Remembering Ron Kane (The Decayes)Musician, writer, collector, champion of artists from around the globe. The recent loss of Ron Kane has been felt far beyond the borders of his native Southern California.Earlier this month, the greater Los Angeles area lost one of its most recognizable and respected record collectors. Ron Kane was a regular customer at Rockaway Records and many other local record stores for decades. Many current employees remember him meticulously sifting through our selection of 45s as he tried to fill holes in his collection, imparting his encyclopedic knowledge of rock/prog and new wave all the while. Ron was much more than just a record collector. The band he founded, The Decayes, was revered around the globe by fans of psychedelic and experimental music. Being name-checked on the Nurse With Wound List brings with it a kind of cachè no album review could impart.Since 2011, his website, The Ron Kane Files, served as means to share what Ron was currently listening, had recently purchased, his insights, and countless stories from his past. To get a feeling of how Ron's mind operated when it came to music, look no further than that website.In the days since Ron's passing, countless friends and acquaintances have taken time to pay their respects. Gary Steel's tribute is required reading. Others who knew him -- or knew of him -- have reached out to us to share their memories of Ron as well. We will continue to update this post as more friends and acquaintances offer their thoughts and condolences.I didn't know Ron Kane except to occasionally buy records from him through the mail, but he was a visionary. In his writings and advocacy, he championed unusual musical points of view from around the world at a time when that took much more effort, and courage, than today. He was one of the first people outside New Zealand to appreciate that small country's unique offerings. He corresponded with and encouraged musicians from around the world, and across genre boundaries. He was such an omnivorous and generous musical spirit that he saw nothing strange in championing Percy Faith and Simply Red alongside SPK and Frank Zappa's most outré disciples. His own music, mostly with the long-running Decayes, tended toward the abstract, but he saw no contradiction in loving the poppiest pop music and the artiest art music. He played, sold, wrote about, and lived music with a passion, and the world is better for it. - Geoffrey WeissRon Kane was an obsessed record collector with an insatiable thirst for music and records, and I feel lucky to have known him. I hadn't seen Ron in a long while, but spent many hours in his presence when we were younger men who haunted used record stores and spent all night at record swap meets, waiting for people to open the trunks of their cars and reveal the treasures within. Whenever I'd run into Ron, we'd talk records and I'd always learn something new. Yesterday I found some photos of him online and they made me laugh a laugh of recognition; seeing young Ron in his room surrounded by posters of the bands he loved, and traveling the world to go and get the records he sought. He wasn't someone who sat at home, waiting for the records to come to him. The world was a better place because of Ron Kane, especially the record collector world. It's hard to imagine him not here, but I'll always remember him with a smile. - Jeff GoldShortly before Ron's passing, Rockaway acquired his personal collection, which totaled over 30,000 combined LPs, CDs, 45s, posters and other formats. We'll be processing and making available everything from this collection daily over the course of the next several months in both our retail store and on our website. Keep an eye on our social media and our website for the latest arrivals, and definitely keep an eye out for the instantly recognizable "Property Of Ronald Kane" stickers that he meticulously affixed to most of the items he collected during his lifelong pursuit of all things music.Rockaway Records Blog|
|Rockaway Records Blog Fakes And Counterfeits On eBayFakes And Counterfeits On eBayAs most record collectors can attest, there are certain titles from your "most wanted" list that will never find their way into your favorite local shop. When this happens, it's only natural to expand your search beyond the brick-and-mortar retailers to online destinations like Discogs and eBay.If you are thinking about buying sealed vintage albums, particularly on eBay, be very careful. There is currently a rash --more accurately, a plague- of carefully faked "original sealed" LP's, many with allegedly "rare" stickers, selling for very high prices. We've recently had the opportunity to examine some of these eBay fakes, and have found them to be clean used albums that have been re-sealed with new shrink wrap, and with modern laser-printed counterfeit song-hype stickers.Examples of both fake (left) and real (right) song hype stickers on a shrink wrapped copy of the Beatles' "Rubber Soul" LP. The fake one fooled us until inspected under a very bright light, which provided evidence that it was a high-quality, laser-printed forgery. Click image to enlarge.Perhaps you've been searching for that elusive sealed Beatles White Album with the rare track listing sticker, or maybe a sealed Led Zeppelin IV with the "Stairway To Heaven" and track listing stickers, or perhaps a copy of The Velvet Underground & Nico with a perfect, intact banana. Or maybe that incredibly rare Bob Dylan portrait insert in a sealed copy of the Highway 61 Revisited LP.Perusing eBay, you might conclude these elusive gems have never been easier to acquire - or so it would seem, with the quantity being offered by certain eBay sellers. And how about the seemingly endless array of incredibly rare, even previously-unknown 'song-hype' and 'title' stickers affixed to perfect "vintage sealed" LP's? All of these can easily - and miraculously! - be found on a single eBay seller's listings. Isn't it unusual (and alarming) to see them offered over and over again, nearly every week?Elvis Presley Special Palm Sunday Programming Counterfeit version of rare 1967 RCA radio show LP which has etched matrices. Genuine examples have stamped matrices. Click image to enlarge.The sheer number of allegedly sealed vintage albums with rare stickers, original acetates, white label promos, and gold and platinum record awards from major artists make these items look relatively common. In the real world, they are definitely not. Most of what we see on eBay are modern reproductions and counterfeits, made by unscrupulous sellers looking to make a quick buck from passionate and novice collectors alike.In nearly 40 years of selling rare records, the number of Velvet Underground & Nico LPs we've had with fully intact banana stickers is shockingly small. Genuine Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd acetates or record awards are incredibly scarce. You might not get that impression from the results you see on eBay or Popsike.com, but that doesn't change reality. It's hard to tell a collector their treasured acetate or sealed album with rare stickers is a worthless, modern day fake. Unfortunately, we have to do that far too often.Elvis Presley "That's All Right" Acetate Fake version of 10" metal acetate of 1954 Sun Records 78rpm with forged Elvis signature. This is one that we believed to be genuine when we acquired it in the late '80s. Due to our later investigation, it was determined that this was a clever fake likely made in the late '70s. It looked so amazing at the time, that we bought it for a lot of money. This proved to be a very expensive (but valuable) education. Click image to enlarge.The old adage remains true: If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Our advice? No matter where you choose to shop, buy from a trusted seller who will offer a money back guarantee, with no time limit. If a seller won't indefinitely stand by the products they claim to be genuine, ask yourself why...and steer clear.Good luck, and happy hunting!- Rockaway RecordsRockaway Records Blog|
|Rockaway Records Blog Announcement: New Retail Store HoursSince 1979, Rockaway Records has established itself as one of the premiere destinations for quality music and memorabilia in Los Angeles. We have maintained that reputation and stayed competitive by adapting to industry changes. For instance, when other stores started to shift most or all of their coolest and rarest items to sites like eBay, we built our own website so most of our coolest and rarest items could stay on display and available for purchase in our retail store.Our latest adaptation will begin Tuesday, September 5th with new retail store hours:Monday - 1pm - 6pmTuesday - CLOSEDWednesday - 1pm - 6pmThursday - 1pm - 6pmFriday - 11am - 7pmSaturday - 11am - 7pmSunday - 11am - 7pmPlease note, we may still be available to buy your music, movies and memorabilia outside of these stated hours. Call 323-664-3232 to schedule an appointment. If you have collectibles or a large collection, it's always best to make an appointment!Our reasons for this transition are twofold. First, we want our small but expert staff to have more time to obtain the quality inventory you have come to expect from us. The second reason is more personal. We've worked hard to achieve our goals for Rockaway, and those of us who have been here 10, 20 or 30 years - working sometimes six or seven days a week - would now like the flexibility to enjoy more time with our families.Rockaway wouldn't be where it is today without the continued and devoted patronage of our customers. We apologize if our new hours pose any inconvenience, but it is our belief - and goal - that this will result in a more fruitful shopping experience. And you'll still receive the high level of service you've come to know all these years.Regards, Rockaway RecordsRockaway Records Blog|
|Rockaway Records Blog Prince, One Year On: Rockaway RemembersToday marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of Prince. In marking this solemn occasion, fans and peers alike are speaking out to detail memorable interactions or personal anecdotes. Rockaway's General Manager Dave Kent has offered to share his own interesting story of the time he crossed paths with Prince in Denver, Colorado in 1979."I was working in the warehouse of a Denver record store chain in 1979 and Prince was set to play at the now long-closed, 900 seat, legendary Rainbow Music Hall on November 28 of that year. He was on tour to promote his self-titled 2nd album. In an agreement between my employer, Prince's management and Prince's record label (Warner Bros.), he was to do an in-store autograph signing appearance at our downtown store the same day as his performance."I was instructed to go to the store and make sure things went smoothly in a security capacity. It should be noted that at this point in time Prince had not yet crossed over in popularity to the Rock market - that was still 2 or 3 years off - but he had achieved a significant level of success within the R&B market... but I didn't know that. Honestly, I don't think I'd even heard of him yet! Anyway, by the time I arrived at the store, well in advance of Prince's scheduled appearance time, there was already a growing mob of fans. The small store only held about 75 people and there was at least 200 there already. I immediately called the warehouse for more help. By the time Prince arrived, there were several hundred fans packed in and outside the store. He arrived in a brand new, chauffeured, 1980 baby blue sloped-back Cadillac. I was first struck by how small he was - just a little over 5ft. tall. With his massive chauffeur/bodyguard in the lead, we plowed through the excited crowd into the store, where we directed Prince to a stool behind the counter. He signed albums and items as the fans filed past him for about 30-40 minutes. Then, he looked at his bodyguard and spoke the only 2 words I heard him say the entire time - 'Let's go.'"So we plowed back through the crowd and out the back door, at which point Prince got into the car. As the car pulled away, there were several screaming girls draped across the back of it, holding on for dear life. After a couple blocks and a series of gentle, yet effective, stop-starts, the ladies were shed and Prince road off into the afternoon."I returned to the warehouse and shared what had happened with my co-workers, baffled. The head buyer gave me 1 free ticket to the show that night (pictured here), but for some reason - lost to the fog of time - I opted not to go! Even after what I had witnessed that day, nothing in my brain said, 'You should probably go see what he's all about.' Nope, didn't happen. But I have 1 intact, unused ticket to show for it." Do you have a Prince-related story of your own? Have any thoughts on what the artist and/or his music meant to you? Please feel free to share with us in the comments section below.To see what Prince collectibles we currently have in stock, click here.Rockaway Records Blog|
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|Rockaway Records Blog JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS! A New Collection Of Beatles Collectibles!After 2 years of negotiations, we just acquired a wonderful trove of 100s of pieces of Beatles memorabilia from an East Coast collector. Most are in beautiful condition and the collection includes many pieces we've never seen in our 37+ years! There's a May-Sterns mirror, several Beatles autographs, watches, lunchboxes, a promo Apple trinket box, sets of trading cards, jewelry, a record carrier, cuff links, plates, bowls, glasses, wigs, wallpaper(!), a Dutch curtain(!?!)... and much more! Although we're still processing everything, various facets of the collection are already purchasable, with many items available online and all available in-store.Click Here To View More Of The Collection1966 German 'Beatles Style' sunglasses1969 complete set of UK promo Apple Records playing cards w/ box2014 limited edition print signed by Ringo StarrExtremely Rare 1964 German Beatles George bottle stopper (we also have Paul and Ringo)1964 pair of unused Wing Ding sneakers1964 cardboard Wise Potato Chips promo posterClick Here To View More Of The CollectionRockaway Records Blog|
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|Rockaway Records Blog The California Poster CollectionWe're extremely proud and excited to announce the recent acquisition of a massive collection of over 1,000 vintage rock and pop concert posters and handbills, obtained by Rockaway co-owner Wayne Johnson from one private collector.It's A Psychedelic Explosion! Spanning 1966 to 1972, this stunning collection must be seen to be believed. Fortunately, it can be viewed in person at our Los Angeles retail location or via our website and our eBay store, as well as through multiple forthcoming social media posts. The reveal of these impressive rock and pop culture artifacts is just beginning its considerable roll out. Due to its width and breadth, the processing of the collection is a work in progress.Although the vast majority of the posters and handbills represent concerts and shows in Northern and Southern California (aka NorCal and SoCal, respectively), approximately 100 of them actually concern events that occurred at non-California locations like Detroit (Crisler Arena, Jenison Fieldhouse, Grande Ballroom), Portland (Masonic Temple), and Denver (Family Dog), for example.Alongside posters and handbills announcing events at well-known venues that are traditionally well-represented in the poster and handbill world, there are also many originating from performance spaces that aren't seen on the open market as often. For example, from NorCal there's The Straight Theater, The Golden Sheaf Bakery, The Western Front, The Matrix, The Sound Factory, California Hall, The Ark, The Whisky A-Go-Go (San Francisco), Mt. Tamalpais Outdoor Theater, The Eurphoria Ballroom, and The Cow Palace. From SoCal there's The Rose Palace (Pasadena), The Bank (Torrance), The Shrine (LA), The Cheetah (LA) and Balboa Stadium (San Diego)."The scope of this poster and handbill collection is truly awe-inspiring," Wayne enthuses. "This is the largest and most spectacular undertaking of its kind for us. We're still going through everything! The depth of rock and pop music history represented here is nothing less than stunning."Stunning, indeed. Represented in all their psychedelic glory, iconic artists include The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Big Brother and The Holding Company with Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, The Jefferson Airplane, Alice Cooper, The Band, The Allman Brothers, Jeff Beck, Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, Canned Heat, The MC5, The Stooges, Sun Ra and Frank Zappa... among many, many others.Also significant is that this trove consists of approximately 95% First Printings, something that in-the-know poster enthusiasts take immediate notice of - and often insist upon - when seeking striking additions to their collections. And striking additions abound, as the vast majority of the posters are in beautiful collector-worthy condition.To own a piece of music history from this archive is surprisingly affordable. The prices for obtaining these and creating your own 'Wonder Wall' range from $25-$1,500. You could redecorate the rec room on a budget or frame the finest museum-worthy piece for your designated wall of honor.Here are just a few examples to help whet your appetite. Click the titles or images to see full descriptions and full images. Click here to view the entire collection.PINK FLOYD, THE FILLMORE WEST, 1970 POSTERFirst and ONLY printing for this unique and historically important poster! This was during the band's third American tour, and they had taped a performance for public television's KQED that same afternoon. JIMI HENDRIX, DEVONSHIRE DOWNS, 1969 HANDBILLThrow in CCR, Marvin Gaye, Joe Cocker, Booker T & The MG's and a generous offering of other musical legends and behold three days of pure festival magic. "The Weekend The Giants Get It Together" - pretty much says it all, but if you were actually there we'd probably never hear the end of it, thankfully.. THE GRATEFUL DEAD, THE BANK, 1968 POSTERPrehistoric vibe: when rock legends actually roamed the earth: Grateful Dead and Big Mama Thornton on the same weekend (Cleveland Wrecking Crew opening each night) - 1968 at The Bank, Friday and Saturday shows in Torrance, CA...who's in?!! THE ROLLING STONES, OAKLAND COLISEUM, 1969 POSTERNovember 9, 1969 (long before their later, larger shows at Day On The Green). The band's setlist was derived mostly from 'Beggars Banquet' and 'Let It Bleed,' the former being their forthcoming album to be released the following month, December 5. Dave Marsh wrote that this tour was "part of rock and roll legend" and also called it "one of the "benchmarks of an era." ...So who's driving...? JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, BALBOA STADIUM, 1969 POSTERJefferson Airplane Time Capsule, San Diego's Balboa Stadium: this gorgeous poster promises a July 27, 1969 summer afternoon of "Fancy, Food and Frolic"...specifically via "A Splendiferous Trade Faire" featuring "Succulent Edibles"...! Radio station KPRI was co-presenter and a longtime supporter of album rock and local music. BIG BROTHER & THE HOLDING COMPANY, SHRINE AUDITORIUM, 1967 POSTERWhat a year for Big Brother and Janis Joplin! June 17 & 18 were the dates for the group's historic 1967 performances at Monterey Pop - they signed their recording contract with Columbia Records that November and the show promoted on this poster was only a month afterwards on December 18, 1967. Quicksilver Messenger Service had begun recording their debut album (released in 1968) the very same month as this show, so electricity and excitement for both artists was definitely at a peak. The Christmas theme on this unique piece is most apparent, the overall vibe is 'Direct From San Francisco'. BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD, ROCK GARDEN, 1967 HANDBILLFirst Printing! Unusual yet beguiling presentation in diamond pattern invites closer examination and Rock Garden notices were reportedly only created for three shows, this one designed by artist Michael Wood for Pyxis Studios. The text reads "a new concept in night clubs" and "light environment by Scott Bartlett and Paul Hawkin." Own a piece of rock history? Yes, please. 13th FLOOR ELEVATORS, AVALON BALLROOM, 1966 POSTER Another First Printing Gem. Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley were the artists that created this inspired work, check out the creepy claw that supports a rustic homestead on this Family Dog classic. Both bands hailed from Texas, imagine the garage/psyche sounds of the Elevators supported by the powerhouse stylings of SDQ, this had to be one special evening. One could purchase tickets at City Lights Books and other locales! The Elevators had a peak single charting (#55 Billboard) for "You're Gonna Miss Me" in the month following this show date and the release of their album 'The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators' happened in November...all these momentous happenings (including this gig) occurring in the span of a short few months!THE DOORS, BIG BROTHER and JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, SANTA CLARA COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS, 1968 POSTER1968 Northern California Folk Festival and Mind-Blowing Line-Up!! The Doors, Big Brother and Jefferson Airplane only begin to tell the story and it actually gets deeper. This event was held at Family Park in San Jose, promoter was Bob Blodgett. KYA 1260 was the presenting radio station (an AM station during the dawn of FM Rock!). Carson-Morris Studios created this iconic piece featuring Jim Morrison (at his savage animal best) framed by two appreciative admirers. If that wasn't enough, The Grateful Dead also performed at this show although they weren't listed on the posters or handbills! This is the thick-stock poster and the real deal. CAPTAIN BEEFHEART, CRAWFORD HALL, 1968 POSTERCaptain Beefheart gets cosmic! Rick Griffin commemorative poster (created in 1972) celebrates an October 1968 concert date featuring opener Portable People. A flying eyeball with bat wings? Absolutely, such would be classic Griffin! Only 5 months after this performance, Beefheart began recording his groundbreaking (and widely regarded masterwork) 'Trout Mask Replica' album, produced by his friend and former classmate Frank Zappa. Honor the beef here, and trust the art and the artist in one fell swoop. THE WHO, FILLMORE WEST, 1967 POSTER"From England..." the extremely groovy font proclaims. You don't say! The Who booked two nights at The Fillmore June 16 & 17 in 1967 and this gorgeous (First and ONLY Printing) poster transports you there in spirit. Seriously cool to note that the following date (June 18) was the debut of The Who sonically and visually exploding at Monterey Pop -- so following The Fillmore shows, the band and crew rolled down the coast from S.F. to provide their firepower for the festival. Have a look at the tiny print in the lower right-hand corner touting the following week's artist performances: Jefferson Airplane, Gabor Szabo and Jimi Hendrix...right place, right era. Rockaway Records Blog|
|Rockaway Records Blog Rolling Stones Collectibles: Vinyl, Posters, and MoreAt Rockaway, we acquire unique, rare and interesting memorabilia - especially from artists such as The Beatles, Elvis, the Beach Boys and, of course, the Rolling Stones. Below are five pieces of unique or interesting Rolling Stones collectibles that we're sure any fan would love to have!Street Fighting Man / No ExpectationsIn 1968, when the Rolling Stones released the picture sleeve single of "Street Fighting Man" and "No Expectations" in the United States, it was the first Stones picture sleeve issued without a group photo. Instead, the sleeve contained two images of police brutality.Released on August 31, 1968 - three days after the riots and protests at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago - these sleeves were promptly recalled before being shipped to distributors. Almost all were immediately destroyed, but likely due to the actions of an employee (or employees) of London Records, some of the sleeves were spared. Approximately 12 are known to exist today, including this one that we recently sold.Ronnie Wood Serigraphs SetThese serigraphs are a limited edition 1990s set created from a set of original paintings of the Rolling Stones by band member Ronnie Wood.Ronnie Wood has been painting for years. In the past, Rockaway has had other Wood serigraphs, but this set is different. Not only is it of all the Stones, but these paintings resemble portraits more so than the ones in the past, which were more similar stylistically to caricatures. Each portrait is 22.25" x 25.75" in size, professionally framed, and the set comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.Tour Of The Americas '75This hardcover book details the Rolling Stones and their 1975 Tour Of The Americas. This particular book was an advance copy sent to the artists for their review and corrections. The finalized, deluxe editions of this book were already limited (only 350 ever made) but this, being an un-numbered, pre-production proof, is even more scarce.The later finalized copies came with a Mick Jagger photo inside. However, this one was printed before the photo's addition. All other inserts are included, plus a custom "TOTA '75" cloth outer bag.Oakland Stadium Concert PosterIn 1994, The Rolling Stones went on their worldwide Voodoo Lounge Tour to promote their album Voodoo Lounge. Along the way, they stopped at the Oakland Stadium in Oakland, California to perform with Seal for four nights between October 26th and 31st. This is the promotional poster from that concert run.Since their final show of the run happened on Halloween, the poster features the band members dressed up in costume. This is a BGP-100, 1st printing poster and is 28" x 18.5" in size.Radio SamplerIn 1986, the Rolling Stones released this 10-track promotional "hits" CD to radio stations, buyers and others. This CD sampler was for promotional purposes only and was never sold.The sampler features 10 songs, including such classics as "Start Me Up", "Brown Sugar" and "Angie".Rockaway Records Blog|
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