When we were teenagers, my brother and I would look forward to riding the bus from Imperial Beach to El Cajon to visit The Blue Meanie. The Blue Meanie was the only record store we knew of that carried bootleg L.P.’s. I collected mostly David Bowie boots, among them The Bowie Wonder (Santa Monica ’72), His Masters Voice (Hammersmith Odeon ’73), Dollars In Drag (The 1980 Floorshow), Baby Doll (rare singles), The Thin white Duke (Nassau 76), Stowaway D.O.A. (Iggy and Ziggy ’77) and Forever Yours (Australia ’78). There was always something about the exclusivity of having something unavailable that appealed to me.
Around 1995 i started trading bootleg tapes, gradually upgrading to CD (I spent $900 to buy a stand alone cdr burner when they first came out, so I could have something new to offer to traders).
I eventually established a relationship with Wim Hendrikse in the Netherlands. After looking at his Bowie trade-list I came to the realization that i would NEVER be able to come up with enough fresh material to exhaust his supply, so my enthusiasm waned a bit.
Wim was writing an exhaustive book on David’s music called “Never Get Old“. His main interest in trading was to verify everything first hand. I pointed out many things of interest that I had noticed. For example, how in 1997, during “The Last Thing You Should Do”, David would vary the “Yeah,Yeah,Yeah” vocals at the end each night. He would alternate between aping the Beatles (She loves You),Bob Marley and Talking Heads “Psycho Killer”, among others.
When the book(s) were released in 2004, I received an e-mail from Wim’s publisher that said in part:
—– Original Message —–
Sent: Thursday, December 23, 2004 7:48 PM
Subject: New DAVID BOWIE books
WIM HENDRIKSE WROTE TWO GREAT BOOKS ABOUT DAVID BOWIE.
HE MENTIONED YOUR NAME IN HIS BOOKS.
When I was corresponding with Wim, I never dreamed he would mention me officially as a contributor. The funny part is that, due to exclusivity and price, this offering is one of the few books on David I have yet to own or read!
It is hailed as the definitive reference book on his music, and I am honored to have had some small hand in it’s production.
Wim, YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!