Friday, February 19, 2016

INTRODUCING THE BEATLES- Original issue discovered unopened

Not actually. That was a different album for the Lads.
What Mike Porco had in his possession was a mono copy of the third issue of the first pressing of INTRODUCING THE BEATLES VJLP 1062.

Since my grandfather passed in 1992, it has sat in his condo in Florida. Now my father babysits the dusty find. Years ago, I found it there and put it back. Then again last year, I decided to ask around about it. After hearing some helpful advice from known and respected Beatlemaniacs, I'm certain that it needs to be put in the professional hands of an appraiser and then sold to one appreciative customer.

I put it on ebay. It's my first listing. If it doesn't sell in 10 days, it will collect more dust.

I put it on the site and then decided that I need to get it in hand FIRST, and then have it inspected.
I will be retrieving the disc myself soon to escort it to experts. I'm bound to go from NYC to FLA grab the LP go to Santa Fe and then to AZ and back to NYC.

I'd like my trip paid for, if you please. Plus, for some odd reason, both my Jeep and my guitar are in the shop. I have some extra time on my hands this week. Please help keep me off ebay.

In the course of time, I will discover it's original nature, it's real value and, hopefully, unload it. Mike isn't using it. I'm not. It needs preservation if it's legit.

I've learned that Sam Goody was known
for selling counterfeits.
Honestly, until it's authenticated, I can't vouch for it 100%.
I'll just keep it for what it is.
But Sam Goody sold real ones, too

There's also THIS

Sunday, February 7, 2016


Those were Bruce's words to me. And they were Mike Porco's words
to many others.

And after that, I bid Bruce Langhorne a farewell. I told him I'd see him later in the Summer,
if all went well.
For the 7 hours before that, we spent quality time and shared many belly
laughs and tall tales.
The camera wasn't rolling. You'll just have to take my word for it.
We rehashed some of those old stories he shared with me for my film interview.
I had my computer open and
I showed him ALL of my footage and film assemblies,
which he loved to no end.
We listened to the Bob Dylan 'Cutting Edge' sessions where Bruce was holding down the 
timing and rhythm for many songs in January 1965.

He talked about how Mike Porco was ''very important in my early career.''
We talked about the things Bruce learned from Mike while being the one man house band
for Gerde's Folk City back in the early days.
We talked about my stories and anecdotes of hanging out with
Izzy Young and others on my trip through
Mike Porco's past.
He understood that I flew from NYC
to his bedside to thank him personally,
not only for his time he gave me on camera in 2013,
but on behalf of my grandfather,
and he reciprocated his appreciation.
And then those words came out of his mouth…
the same words Mike would often use with all of his
'children' from Folk City:
We're all in this together.
I knew the room was filled with more than just the 
two of us.
Thanks to Bruce.