April 13, 2016
Poignant letter to new owner discovered inside old record.
It might not be as cool as finding Marvin Gaye’s passport inside a Motown sleeve, a wad of $100 bills inside a Crusaders album or a gigolo’s calling card tucked inside Michel Jackson’s Thriller, but one collector has discovered a pretty poignant message in a second hand copy of Soundgarden’s Superunknown, written by Sabine, the mother of the record’s previous owner.
It begins: “Dear Collector — Just in case you want to know where this record is coming from: I am Mark’s mother. Mark left us in 2002 — he suffered a heart attack at age 39 while running in the Oregon coastal mountains.”
Having listened through parts of his collection – over 600 record and 2000 CDs – Sabine writes that she plans to share his collection with the world. “I am doing the best I can – doing research, listing, shipping etc – but it is good therapy for me to see this music being shared all over the world.”
Read the note in full below. [via Mic]