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Oldies but goodies: a trek down memory lane

August 1st, 2013

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Trash or treasure? It depends on what kind of loot you can find at a record sale.

Indications nationally are that CD sales are up again, which bodes well for Hungry Ear Records’ Hawaii Record Fair 2013, set from 10 am. to 3 p.m. Aug. 11 at the McKinley High School cafeteria.

Thia is not merely a sale, but also a time for music buffs to sell, trade and chit-chat about vintage collectibles, from reel-to-reel tapes to 8-tracks, from historic  KPOI and KKUA memorabilia to signed pics .

Of course, CDs are only a portion of the media to be available. Vinyl — yep, those oldies in the 33 1/3 rpm and 45 rpm realm — will be plentiful, along with cassettes and those rare music memorabilia. Kids, if you don’t know vinyl or cassettes, ask your parents or grandparents. And inquire, too, about gone but not forgotten formats like 4-track and reel-to-reel.

I’ve had a career relationship with records — mostly oldies, since I started collecting, buying and reviewing recorded product over the past five decades at the Honolulu Advertiser — but alas, I’ve had to downside my bounty because of space. As you know, a collection becomes bulky and a burden when there’s no more shelf space and the overflow are in boxes in the bedroom.

So guess where much of my collection went to: Hungry Ear.

So, if you’re poring through some vintage music treasures and discover some with my name on it, apologies; you may encounter stuff with my name on it. Then again, you might possibly discover a record with a bona fide autograph by a name with some element of fame from the past.

Such is the nature of oldies but goodies. Memories are made of these. After all, old music define the soundtrack of  all our lives.

Good luck and good searching. You’re bound to find something you’ve wanted at bargain prices. And record sales are like garage sales: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Admission to the fair is $5, or $10 for early admission at 9 a.m., an hour before the doors open to the public.  Information: 262-2175 or

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