Friday, June 17, 2016

Vinyl LP Reigns Champion Again At Record Shows in Upstate NY Led By Binghamton Native Jack Skutnik, I've got Mine.

There has been a big time resurgence in LP record Albums, good old time "Vinyl" records. Sooo, two years ago I went out and purchased a Technics turntable, a Kenwood receiver and some decent tower speakers, spending about $800, and set it all up in my home office much to the chagrin of my wife.
At first my wife thought I had totally lost it, spending money on antique stereo equipment and then going to every old time record shop in the Sarasota Fl area and buying as many LP vinyl records that I could to start my "collection" again, it ain't 1974 she would say. But after playing a few records on the fairly decent turntable my wife soon changed her mind, 'music was good again'.
Records – actual LP record albums – mounted a comeback in pop culture in 2008. Many people passionate about music, the physical presence of a LP record makes it preferable to MP3 files. Flash forward to 2015. Fueled by that unique sound quality and a nostalgia wave, sales of vinyl records were up 32% to $416 million, their highest level since 1988, according to the RIAA. (CD sales, while much higher in total income, were down 17%.) Put another way: Revenues from vinyl sales last year were higher than those of on-demand and supported streaming services, such as YouTube, Vevo and Spotify’s free service, which only accounted for $385 million, according to the RIAA.

Record Fairs brings music aficionados together. Jack Skutnik of Binghamton NY is responsible for much of the fair’s organization, taking it to Binghamton, Utica, Syracuse and Ithaca in New York and Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He has been selling records for 35 years and estimates that he has between 50,000 and 60,000 records. Jack Skutnik’s rarest record is a copy of The Beatles’ “Yesterday and Today” with the pasteboard still intact, underneath which is a bizarre photo of the four Beatles covered in raw meat and baby dolls. According to John Lennon, it was a statement against the Vietnam War. According to George Harrison, it was merely stupid and gross.

At one time, Jack Skutnik owned one of the rarest records in existence: a picture sleeve 45 of The Rolling Stones’ “Street Fighting Man” featuring a photograph of cops beating a protester during a riot. Only about 15 of them were ever released, due to London Records’ hesitancy to release a product with such inflammatory album art. Jack Skutnik sold his copy for $12,000. Record Fair Woodstock / West Saugerties Saturday May 28th, Sunday May 29th and Monday May 30th 2016 rock, pop, hip hop, country, dance, world, folk, reggae, soul, alt.rock, jazz, funk, punk, r+b, metal, classical, techno, new wave, house, old-timey, breaks, spoken, 80’s, electro, blues, promos, DVDs (music + features), tons more.

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