Vincent Bugliosi 1934-2015

I heard this morning that Vincent Bugliosi, the famed prosecutor who put Charles Manson and his followers away for the awful Tate-La Bianca killings in Los Angeles in 1969, died over the weekend of cancer at the age of 80. While I am in the middle of writing a new Beatles related piece, I thought I’d comment on this current (somewhat Beatles related) bit of news.

I’ve been fascinated by this case since I heard about it, as a 9-year-old in the late 1970’s. It’s kind of like a recurring nightmare that has caused me to read the famed book, Helter Skelter, and seek out further information to understand the case that has haunted me since childhood. The central question to these murders is why? Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor pushed one motive on the jury to frame the murders and put Charles Manson at the center of it all. He called the motive “Helter Skelter” and it resonated. I’m not a Helter Skelter defender. Not the song, which I love, but the raison d’etre for the killings. This motive, central to using the conspiracy theory, was used by Vincent Bugliosi to tie Manson, who didn’t actually murder any of the victims, to the crimes and lock him up with the actual murderers. Apparently, Helter Skelter (the motive) was based on the concept that the Beatles playground themed proto-heavy metal track, and the rest of the White Album, supposedly inspired the idea in Charlie and his followers’ minds that an armegeddon like race war was about to take place and  would need to be set in motion by Manson so that he and his followers could go into hiding in the California desert and wait out the war until its conclusion.  Then at which time, Manson supposedly prophecied that the black masses would defeat the white masses, but would be unsuited to rule the new world and would lead them to relinquish their power to Manson, who would them rule over a new and better world. Pretty out there stuff!

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At Least The Stones Still Have Charlie Watts

“Would You Let Your Daughter Marry A Rolling Stone?” can now be replaced with “Would You Let Your Insurance Company Insure A Rolling Stone?”

I just came across this article and found nothing of it to be troubling, surprising or disturbing despite the headline.

The Guardian; Rolling Stones Settle Insurance Claim

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Microgroove Records: An Update

Some of you may know that I ran a rare record and vintage music collectible website called Microgroove Records. And that it stopped being updated in early 2013. Well, if you’re wondering why…

Here’s what happened.

The website was originally developed using an Adobe program called “GoLive”. Without getting into the unfortunate irony of that software name, GoLive died several years ago and stopped being updated and could no longer “live” on newer operating systems.  After updating our operating systems, which was essential for us to use other important software, we were unable to open the GoLive application in order to change or add any static content for the web pages, which wiped out our ability to showcase new items, adding new links or really doing anything to improve the website and feature new product, other than adding and removing products which were hopelessly buried in the catalog portion of the website. So without the ability to market any of the new products on the front pages, the website effectively became pretty useless. It was kind of like having a cool looking sports car with no wheels.

This leads to the next topic of why we didn’t build a new page using some other means. In a nutshell, Microgroove Records was meant to be my full-time gig and it served that purpose quite nicely until my customers started to feel the effects of a slowed down economy. It then became an uphill struggle. The time involved with building a totally new website just didn’t make sense when GoLive stopped working. Nevertheless, I soldiered but was largely unable to grow Microgroove Records as I had done so before  the economy faltered. My inventory declined, as did my overall budget and I could not keep up with running the business the way it needed.

In a nutshell, I have sidelined my business for now though I do have a smaller more specialized inventory on Ebay and MusicStack (which are linked on the front page of this blog) and if you’re interested, check them out. Or if you have something else you want to discuss related to vintage records, audio, collectibles and the music business in general, just use the contact button and fill out the form. I’d be happy to discuss the field in greater depth or answer questions you might have. Or you might inspire a separate thread and others can join in the discussion with us.

To my regular customers who found me here, I sincerely appreciated everything, most of all, just keeping in touch. I hope we can continue doing so here, and in the future.



Have you seen this t-shirt?

I purchased this t-shirt at The Beatles At Abbey Road Studios presentation in the summer of 1983. At the time I bought two of them at the merchandise stall, one of which I wore, the other I left sealed in its wrapper and stored away. I seem to recall seeing one or two people wearing them at the time, probably at a Beatlefest in New York but have not seen another one since. The one I have is a size small. Interestingly, the shirt, though purchased at Abbey Road Studios in London has a Made In The USA tag on it.

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Grammy Beatles Mono Listening Party: A Report

Grammy Museum Panel
Steve Berkowitz, Ken Scott, Mike Mettler and Michael Fremer discussing the Beatles mono vinyl project.

I was fortunate to be able to attend a very limited seating listening party at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on 9/10/14 to hear samples of the new Beatles Mono Box set hosted by Sound & Music editor Mike Mettler, and featuring the renowned recording engineer Ken Scott, reissue mastering supervisor Steve Berkowitz and Analog Planet’s Michael Fremer.

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Hello all!

I’ve decided I needed a place to air out my thoughts, ideas and experiences. So what better place than to do it on the web where anyone can join in and have a go at discussing these things? And I’d be happy to respond to your thoughts, ideas and experiences as well so let’s get started. And if you want to get in touch, fill out the contact form.

Ready, steady go!