I love scouring through stacks of vinyl records from a collection about to be dispersed. This is not because I'm an absolute die-hard vinyl junkie, I just enjoy music-related surprises. So, yesterday morning when I volunteered to help do some what-chaff separation on a friend's vinyl collection, I had expectations of serendipity. The fact that much of the collection was bought from thrift shops in the 90's, the low-point of record collecting, only heightened my expectations. So, while rifling through the mish-mash of trash 'n treasure, I couldn't resist pulling out that old used bin stand-by, Rebel Yell by Billy Idol. Sure, I'm more of a fan of Idol's seventies punk band, Generation X but I do have a soft spot for this LP. Then, lo and behold, as I pulled out the vinyl, something extra slipped out.
Whoa! It was a finely-shaded pencil portrait of Mr. Idol signed by one Debra Posthumus back in 1987 [!] Sitting there, staring at this picture, which the owner of the collection had never seen, was like a little window on a time when music fandom could inspire such fastidious effort. So Debra, wherever you are, I salute your love and dedication to Mr. Idol and for leaving if for me to uncover twenty-six years later.
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