As a very old hack who always resisted self-employment but often envied those more talented writers than I getting their by-lines in esteemed publications, I hear times are currently pretty tough for you…lower rates, some publications even looking for copy for free. Me? After six years as a journalist I switched to Press & PR and the relative comfort of an EMI pension scheme.
However, there is one music journalist asset that’s still holding up against the credit crunch – your collections of records, books, magazines, ephemera etc. Having been bullied by my wife in the mid 70′s to sell the batch of singles kept in a tea chest in the garage – memories of the days when I was privileged to follow the late and much missed Penny Valentine as singles reviewer on the also missed (by me at any rate) Disc & Music Echo. That innocent pastime has led to a 33-year hobby of auctioning such items on behalf of a now huge number of ex-collectors, ex-journalists or just people who have stuff they don’t want any more.
One truism is – the rare records get rarer but the junk remains worthless. If I can help you then just check out the web site, collectorsvinyl.co.uk or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.