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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Record Collecting #9

7-10-08 Record Collecting #9

This is the part of the story I have trouble telling. After the amusements of the mid-80’s – in 1987, I lost my job. The company I had been working for went out of business. To keep afloat, I sold about 1/3 of my record collection. Do not cry – I got very good money for it by selling it to overseas dealers.

I interviewed at several record labels. I was too young. It was apparent my friends didn’t have any pull, when it came to getting someone hired in.

In 1989, I talked a friend into starting a business in England – a CD exporting company. I did the groundwork, the paperwork, got a work permit for England. When I arrived, he had done almost none of the things I had specified. So my first few weeks of living in England were spent sitting around a bed & breakfast place, watching TV. All in all, I spent about 10 months living in England in 1990. After returning home, the guy I had worked with wouldn’t send me the packages (of the records I had collected during that year) I had prepared. It sucked.

I interviewed at several record labels. I was too old. It was apparent my friends didn’t have any pull, when it came to getting someone hired in.

To soothe my restlessness, I accepted an offer from some friends in Holland. For two years running, I spent 3 winter months (’91 & ’92) staying in Amsterdam, looking after a hotel that was closed for the season – that’s right – bring in the mail, take out the trash – feed the cat. I got caught up with my friends in Holland – I got to see Mam, the group from Tilburg, several times. I wrote letters and called dozens of people – in short, I had a great time – both times.

But the woman I was married to didn’t go for it. She rained sour rays all over my happiness – she didn’t want to be in Holland, she wanted to be in California. The owners of the hotel offered for me to STAY in Amsterdam, and work at their hotel. I couldn’t accept their kind offer – I returned to L.A. with my wife.

I got a job at a small CD store near where I was living. Then I was offered a job at Poo Bah Record Shop in Pasadena. In 1994, I started going to Japan, with my friend Ken Heaton. Then I got divorced.

I knocked around the bars, nightclubs and record stores of Los Angeles for most of 1996 and 1997. I was underemployed; I got a new car in 1997. I got a new girlfriend in 1998. My interest in vinyl was re-awoken. I ventured into previously uncharted waters – I collecting vintage country & western music, The Harmonicats, Wayne Cochran & The C.C. Riders, The Bill Black Combo, Sue Thompson, Doug Kershaw and a truckload of easy listening LP’s. In 1999, I got full time employment.

I started blogging in 2002. This current blog, “The Ron Kane Files”, was started in 2006.

Thanks for reading my stuff.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is great fun reading your blog!

Mikael in Sweden

12:21 PM  

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