Hello there music fans. I know you’re all wondering “where has Ivor been”? It has been a couple of weeks since my last post and I’ve been waiting for an epic event to write about. This is it! This weekend, Capitol Records is hosting “WAX – The Los Angeles Record Fair”. If you are a lover of vinyl, you do not want to miss this!
For the uninitiated, back in the day when vinyl was the dominant media for music, there used to be these gatherings known as “record fairs”. Music junkies like me would all get together to buy and sell rare records, memorabilia, and other assorted sundries. Sometimes you would even see some of the artist themselves going through the bins.
Record fairs still exist on the fringes, but sometimes you have to really hunt for them. If you read the monthly, Record Collector, you can keep abreast of the latest fairs. This is not your average record fair however. Far from it. In addition to the usual fair, there will be panel discussions, auctions of rare items, and a must-see studio tour of Capitol Records. If you’ve ever wanted an inside look at the record-making process or a behind-the-scenes look at the very place where Sinatra and many other recorded, this would be it. Fair-goers will be treated to a demonstration of the tape to vinyl mastering process. I would say that this is the mother of all record fairs, and I’ve been going to record fair for over 40 years!
Saturday October 24, and Sunday, October 25, Noon – 6pm both days. Single Day Pass (advance purchase) – $10, Weekend Pass – $15, Studio Tour (includes Single Day Pass) – $40, Early Access Weekend Pass + Studio Tour – $100. Here’s a link to the event, and if they still have tickets, I’d snap them up.