Looks like my direct line of archiving – paper, print, vinyl – goes contiguously back to about 1969 or 1970. 38 years of a single consciousness in my 49-year-old physical body. I figure that before ’69, I wasn’t fully-formed – still a real child. And while I obviously have memories before 1969/70 – circumstances were largely out of my control. So, from ’69 onwards – I was very conscious about what records I got, what magazines & newspapers I got, how I listened to music – and what I listened for.
I see the six years of junior high (middle school) and high school – constrained, but almost totally open to listen to anything. I became more enabled in 1976, when I got my first real job, at a record store, of course. I even managed a few rungs on the ladder of “music business” over the next decade or so.
In ’87, I came crashing down when the company I worked for went bust. Uh, I was still there – but the massive ‘thing’ I had helped to construct was…gone. Thinking on my feet, ’89 – ’92 were my big adventure years – living abroad (
Returning home from
From time to time, it is necessary to consult my files. But, dang, it’s a lot of physical stuff! A closet (or two) full of magazines, papers etc., two room full of LP’s & CD’s, a whole garage full of videotapes…and most of the rooms of the house are some kind of…messy. Full of stuff; files.
I try and attach value to the stuff I retain. Perhaps this is a mental illness – but I think my files / organizing is (and has been) ‘worth something’. A 38-year stream-of-consciousness, if you will. I archived my first 50 years, with a fair amount of clarity.
Scan the magazine articles! Digitize the cassettes and 45’s! Sort the crap! Throw out the trash! Get ready for the next 50 years!!!
From the yellow legal tablet to the index cards to Word and Excel / Jpegs… Time to dump the files? Make room for some new toys? Digital TV is comin’ up, next February ’09. So, all of the old equipment will be obsolete? Can I ditch all the VHS’s & Betas now? And 20+ years of Billboard magazine?
If I upload everything to Flickr – is that like a “Cyber-Storage-Space”? $24 a year to keep those boxes stored on-line, as opposed to $90 per month to the guy at the “Store For Less” place. Sounds like a plan.
And if I end my contiguous 38-year stream-of-consciousness – will I be unconscious?