June 5, 2015
Instagram user @thingsifoundinrecords has compiled all the weird stuff people find in their records.
Buying second hand has a lot to offer that new vinyl simply can’t compete with. Shop in the right places (see our secret digging spots for ideas), and you’ll be rewarded with an afternoon of fun and bags of cheap vinyl, and the environment will thank you for it too.
But more than that, used vinyl is a record of human activity; it provides a direct link between owners of past and present. Often the only traces of a past life are marks and scratches but the notion of a record as an artefact becomes a whole lot more interesting when marjuana leaves, ‘dick pics’ and ripped up $100 bills enter the equation. So naturally we were delighted to discover that Jeff Obiga of Brooklyn’s Black Gold record shop has setup an Instagram home for curious objects and ephemera found in vinyl records.
According to Dangerous Minds, the project began when Jeff found a clipping in a copy of Electric Warrior outlining the death of Marc Bolan. From there the discoveries kept rolling in and Jeff became interested in used vinyl as a vehicle for exploring the past. “Finding stuff in records just enhances your connection with the previous owner”, he told DM. “Buying collections is, in a sense, a modern archeology of sorts concerning the person you got the records from.”
We’ve picked out some highlights from the feed below:
@vitaminvintagevinyl found a copy of Prince's 'Purple Rain' at a flea market in Bellmore, NY and although it didn't include the promotional poster, it did include the (censored) scandalous photo seen here! What creepy / interesting / cool things did you find in old #vinyl #records ? Send in your pics and we'll post them up and shout you out! #thingsifoundinrecords #prince #photography #men
@rayonismimages thought it was his lucky day when he scored this wad of 1970's $100 bills in this Crusaders album. Unfortunately not a single bill is complete! What awesome / strange / interesting thing did you find in old #vinyl #records ? Send in your pictures and we'll post them up and shout you out! #thingsifoundinrecords #soul #cashruleseverythingaroundme
An unsigned "Marijuana License" was found inside a Pam Todd & Love Exchange LP in Durham, NC by @carolinasoulcom – the certificate is signed by Jimmy "Nickel Bag" Carter, President. Send in the weird stuff you found in #vinyl #records and we'll give you a shout! #thingsifoundinrecords #marijuana #legalizeit
@justrichid found a Pink Floyd ticket stub for a June 4th, 1988 concert at Giants Stadium in a copy of 'Wish You Were Here'. This was found at #princetonrecordexchange in New Jersey. What strange / cool / interesting thing(s) have you or your friends found in #vinyl #records ? Direct message us with your pictures and descriptions! #thingsifoundinrecords #pinkfloyd #nygiants
@pwarham was in Myrtle Beach at a flea market and picked up a fresh copy of Thriller. When he got home to play the record, out fell this 8"x10" glossy. It reads "To David, Love always. For private partner (or parties?) Contact! 1-578-4513". Send in the weird / cool / unique thing you found in old #vinyl #records and we'll post it up and shout you out! #thingsifoundinrecords #michaeljackson #men #love #photography #myrtlebeach
If you’ve found weird stuff in your vinyl, send a photo to Jeff to contribute to the page. Head here to explore Things I Found In Records in full.
[via Dangerous Minds]