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RECORD WANTED: Drunken Boat, by Nick The Greek (Nick Gravenites)

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RECORD WANTED: Drunken Boat, by Nick The Greek

(Nick Gravenites)

45 rpm, recorded in Chicago, 1965. Let me know if you have this and would consider selling to me. Also interested in at least getting the audio for this! Also let me know if you have any leads, know someone who has it, etc. THANKS!

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Pan American Record Shop, 2915 16th Street, San Francisco

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Pan American Record Shop, 2915 16th Street, San Francisco

During the ‘90s, when I had a full time job near 3rd & Townsend, I used to visit the old Purple Heart Thrift Store sometimes, during my lunch break. The store, no longer in existence, was located not far from the Hotel Utah. At any rate, one day I wandered in, and they had about 12 cartons of LPs which had just arrived. I started going through them, and there were about 4 cartons that contained a large number of vintage “Latin” (AfroAntillean, Cuban, et al) LPs. These were like, 50 cents each as I recall. Picture me running late on my lunch break, rolling up a huge stack of LPs to the front counter on a wheeled office chair! I asked the Russian lady at the counter if I could pay for the records but then pick them up after work, and she agreed (back in those days, I had a car). As I noticed later, some of the records were rubber stamped on the back with “Pan American Record Shop, 2915 16th Street [etc]”, as shown in this image. Long story short, who knew that there used to be a great Latin music record store on 16th Street, in between Capp and South Van Ness. I still have all of these prized records in my collection. This address is now the site of a computer and phone recycler.

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Book Beat: Arsenio Rodriguez, by David F. Garcia

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Autumn Moon Festival – San Francisco – Chinatown – Jing Mo drummers and dragon

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The Autumn Moon Festival was held last weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 10th & 11th. I happened to be in the vicinity and just literally caught tail end of the Jin Mo dragon and drummers parade on Grant Avenue near Broadway, heading south towards Washington. The dragon was moving very quickly, and due to the very large throngs on the sidewalk I was unable to get around and do any front shots. The drumming was very exciting and energetic (I was standing right back of the main drummer here) and everyone enjoyed watching the dancing movements of the dragon. Note the group costumes as well. The throng way up ahead is huge, but hard to see in these images. Sorry I was not in a good spot or would have taken more, I was not aware that there was a festival going on until I got out of my cab on the way to my Sunday gig. Better two images than none at all!

Endgame on the Pacific Rim

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Paris – Out and About – May 2016

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Grafitti Tour, City of Lille, France

The city of Lille in northern France is near the
Belgian border, about a 2 hour drive north of Paris.
Most of these shots are located at or near the train station (Spring 2016).

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Book Beat – Paris

Bookstores, including shop windows, Book images, and more – Paris, Spring 2016.
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Enfants Terrible!

Enfants Terribles!

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Lord Byron meets Balzac

Lord Byron meets Balzac

Translation: The Scent of The Pine (or The Scent of The Coffin)

Translation: The Scent of The Pine (or The Scent of The Coffin)

books in French - purchased :))

books in French – purchased :))

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Here's a really mega-sized book on guitars, on sale for 999 Euros! For that amount, you could buy a real guitar, for Pete's sake. I wonder who the target market is for this book.

Here’s a really mega-sized book on guitars, on sale for 999 Euros! For that amount, you could buy a real guitar, for Pete’s sake. I wonder who the target market is for this book.

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Audio Pollution Rant :))

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Audio Pollution Rant :))
Having Just returned from a ten day trip to France, I’m duly amazed that the French have far less audio pollution than we do here in SF. Tellingly, during my entire trip (Paris and Lille), not once did I hear any car alarms going off, nary a ‘backing-up’ beeper, and zero trunk-thumping thug audio. The only sirens heard were the two-tone police type (like you hear in movies), kind of mild and pleasant almost, especially compared to the massive decibel sirens from hell that we have in SF. Oh, and the French, if anything, have even more motorcycles than we do, yet I never heard one car alarm set off. What gives? I guess we are just a bunch of clueless barbarians over here!

SF and East Bay Scene History, Volume 2

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Nice little 32 page zine focusing on lesser known aspects of SF and East Bay groups and artists, excellent content, (spelling errors excepted). There may be a copy or two left at City Lights in SF ($4.95).

For more info and images on this interesting publisher,
here is their website handle:

https://microcosmpublishing.com