News & Updates
The applications for the 2013 Fall Show are now in the mail and anyone that doesn't have one by mid August and would like one, just let me know. Since we had no Spring Show this year, I've been accused of taking long naps and longer vacations but tis not true ! The vinyl hunt has continued unabated all year long thru hill and dale and all across the great state of Texas, and over the whole USA ! In the past several months we've been digging up vinyl stashes wherever they may be! The lack of a Spring show has given us time to check out leads we've accumulated over the past few years. We recently trucked a giant load of tasty vinyl to Texas from good ole Tennessee and after our large Houston haul of last year we continued our hitting streak at the other end of the state by hauling in an extra big Dallas collection from the late Stoney Burns. Stoney owned and ran Buddy Magazine, Dallas' leading music magazine during the '70s and '80s. He passed away a couple of years ago and his family contacted me to sell off his vinyl accumulation. I wrote a few articles for Stoney's Buddy publication back in the '70s and both of us were true fans of Texas music. We each had a Buddy Holly connection, Stoney with his Buddy Magazine and me with my Not Fade Away fanzine. His record collection is quite diverse and includes many odd DJ copies not normally seen, in both 45 and LP formats. Quantity doesn't always equate with quality but in Stoney's case it did, as he had several thousand quality vinyl records. So get those record flipping fingers in shape for an October workout !
One interesting angle for the coming show looks to be a very large 45 RPM section to the event. Our music fest is usually LPs with lesser parts of CDs, then 45s, and dropping down to 78s then 8 tracks and, ...well you get it. The 45 rpm percentile of the coming show looks to be much larger than normal due to recent large purchases of the little rekkids with the big hole for many of the record dealers that set-up here. I personally have always been more interested in 45s since the variety inherent in them is much greater than with LPs, for every LP probably 1000 or more 45s were pressed. The glory days of 45s ran from the mid '50's to the mid '70's, altho they are still pressed in sizable numbers even today.
See below as my son just issued a 45 with a picture sleeve from his band, Nathan and the Naturals, and it's available here - just click here. And It's quite good if I do say so myself ! The cost is $5 which includes US Postage, overseas fans write me for the overseas postage costs.
Farewell to Chet Flippo and Martha Hume
I also have a sad duty to perform as my longtime friend and music man Chet Flippo passed away on July 20. My wife and I knew Chet and his equally talented wife, Martha Hume, for almost 50 years. I first met Chet in 1970 when he came into my first record job at Discount Records across from UT on the Drag in Austin. We hit it off immediately and we stayed connected for many years. I'd always loved his writing for Rolling Stone in those days and we would swap favorite record stories and I'd try to introduce him to obscure & hot new releases, but he always seemed to know them first. One of my first record hunting expeditions was with Chet to an old record store in Killeen, Texas. My wife Jan and Martha also became good friends, and when they moved to New York for Rolling Stone, Jan flew with Martha to watch their cats. Chet came back to visit friends and sell off extra records at the Austin Record show a couple of times. It was always great to see him, he was a true Texas gentleman, a real music scholar and a superb writer. Martha had passed a few months before Chet and we're sure gonna miss them both.
Return of Search Announcements
A favorite feature of the show in years past was our search announcements. We will try again to include them in the show, starting on both Saturday and Sunday at 12 2 and 4 pm. We will read each announcement one time only during the show weekend. All searchers will remain in the search area for 15 minutes to see if we can find a match for you. Only 2 items per announcement will be done.
News and Updates Fall 2012
Wow, what a show, our Fall record extravaganza was an amazing success ! We had many local and long distance buyers in attendance and the quality level of the records was amazing. The overseas buyers in particular spoke highly of the high quality and reasonable prices of the record selection on display at the show. Both buyers and sellers seemed quite happy with the show results as it was the best event we have had in several years in terms of attendance and sales.
The improved lighting and new public address system at the North Austin Event Center were both well liked by all participants although we had an ongoing problem with the volume level of the new PA and had just about got it sorted out when the show ended. Oh well, at least we know now how to deal with it for the next time and speaking of the next time, the dates for our next show will be October 25 - 26 - 27 2013.
Sadly the Fall New York City WFMU show had to be canceled due to the big Super Sandy storm and they are now trying to reschedule their event so check with them for updates.
The very nice article run by the Austin Chronicle in October will remain posted here on the website so all interested can enjoy the photo of Augie Meyer (Doug Sahm's keyboard whiz), Huey Meaux (Texas' infamous music producer), John Koenig (Goldmine Magazine) and myself from 1985.
Left to Right: John Koenig, Augie Meyer, Huey Meaux and Doug Hanners. My don't we look youthful! The photo was taken by Eric Lord, thanks Eric !
About the ARC
The Austin Record Convention is the largest sale of recorded music in the USA. There is more music and related memorabilia available here, at one time, than anywhere else. Ranging from the 78's of the 1930s to the latest compact discs of today, over one million 78s, 45s, LPs, CDs, cassettes, posters and collectibles (probably even a few 8-track tapes!) are in the auditorium. Over 300 different dealers from all over the USA and Europe are spread out over 50,000 square feet of floor space. The show is so big that to see everything takes most of the weekend, so if you're in a hurry we have tables where customers can post search announcements in hopes of locating specific items.
The show brings together collectors and dealers from all over the world for a weekend of activity in Austin. The event started in 1981 and has been held twice a year, in the spring and fall, ever since. It has grown steadily over the years and now uses all available floor space at the event center. The location in Austin, "Live Music Capital of the World", is a beautiful city that is great fun to visit has aided in the popularity of the event. If you attend the show be sure to save some energy for an evening visit to any of the many clubs around town and check out the live music scene for which Austin is world famous.
Selling and Buying Vinyl at the Austin Record Convention
The Austin show is the best marketplace to sell and/or buy vinyl in the USA. Whether it’s 45s, 78s or LPs this is the place to sell or buy them. We have an established base of buyers from all over the USA, Europe, Japan, Australia and elsewhere that have been attending our show for many years. If you have a vinyl collection and don’t want to go thru the long drawn out process of selling it on-line, Austin is the place to sell it fast and for reasonable prices. Due to this it’s also the best place to find sought after vinyl, whether it’s soul 45s, hard rock LPs or blues 78s. Either buying or selling vinyl, it’s all about the Austin Record Convention. For over thirty years, The Austin Record Convention has been your music marketplace.
If you have records to sell and you can't come to the show, please contact us as we buy collections. (email: email@example.com)