Various unfound ep
The first 78s that really hooked me were the dance orchestras and jazz bands of the 1920s. Don’t ask me why I was so powerfully drawn to this music of my grandparents’ time. I have no idea. And since I was at first completely isolated from other collectors and had no information, no books, no discographies, I learned from the ground up. I bought a lot of records on mere chance. Very few of the names were known to me. Fortunately at that time you could buy second-hand 78s very cheap, ten cents to a quarter, usually. There were lots of them around, stacked up in Salvation Armies or in big second-hand furniture stores. Only in big cities like New York and Philadelphia were there any shops that specialized in selling “out-of-print” old records. I was living in a small town when I first started, far from any big city. I had very little money, but collecting 78s was a cheap hobby back then.
discaholic interview R Crumb , feb – march 2013 . Photo © Sebastien Gokalp - Do you consider yourself as an official discaholic? Has the discaholic bug bitten you?