Friday, February 13, 2009

So Many Records

Years ago, in explaining the internet’s narrow-casting impact, I heard someone (sorry, can’t remember who) say that “in the future, everyone will be famous for fifteen people.”

That’s happening now. Lots of talented people are turning narrow interests into tremendous websites. And thankfully, our friend Lou is scouring the web to find them and send the links to us.

Today brings James Marshall’s HoundBlog, a deep and fascinating well of musicology, plus virtual museums devoted to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, crammed full of ephemera, esoterica, eclectica and bootlegcetera available for download.

Perhaps the best of the bunch, though, in terms of faithful execution of an idea, is So Many Records, So Little Time, an examination of the proprietor’s fascination with the seven-inch single, complete with history, personal reflections, and photos of each record. And each single is available to stream, but not to download, which ought to please the folks at the RIAA, though somehow I suspect it won’t.

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