Goldmine's Rock'n Roll 45RPM Record Price Guide



Goldmine's Rock'n Roll 45RPM Record Price Guide
Krause Pub­li­ca­tion, 1990 (first edi­tion)


MY SECOND BOOK for Krause was Goldmine's Rock'n Roll 45RPM Record Price Guide, pub­lished in 1990. As sales of my first Gold­mine book for had far ex­ceeded Krause's ex­pec­ta­tions, they heeded my ad­vice and greatly ex­panded the size of the book: whereas the al­bum book had been a miserly 384 pages, the sin­gles guide was 604 pages!

And it was all rock & roll!!!



Like my pre­vi­ous Gold­mine book, I had no say in the ti­tle of the book. I pre­fer "rock & roll" or even "rock and roll" to "rock 'n roll," but no­body asked. They didn't in­quire about my druthers re­gard­ing the art­work — so I ended up with this mess of a cover. 1

Not the bible for collectors

While I fo­cused the book on es­tab­lished and col­lec­table artists of the '50s and '60s, I did in­clude some of the more highly col­lected artists of the '70s and '80s. The book ba­si­cally cov­ered:

• 45 rpm sin­gles
• 45 rpm pic­ture sleeves
• 45 rpm
extended-play (EP) al­bums

I in­cluded se­lect pro­mo­tional 45 rpm sin­gles, compact-33 rpm sin­gles and pic­ture sleeves, and 12-inch sin­gles. The open­ing para­graphs of the in­tro­duc­tion stated:

"Whether you are just step­ping into this hobby or have been in­volved fa­nat­i­cally for a decade, you prob­a­bly have ques­tions con­cern­ing artists, ti­tles, sleeves, val­ues, etc. The an­swers are, for the most part, blowin' in the wind. That is, they are all out there, they just have not been col­lected into a sin­gle tome of ref­er­ence for easy ac­cess.

This is not the bible for record col­lec­tors.

It is not the blue book of vinyl junkies.

This book does not re­flect my opin­ions of what your records are worth.

This book is one man's at­tempt to cat­a­log the per­ti­nent in­for­ma­tion that is float­ing about. This book is in­tended solely to as­sist the gen­eral col­lec­tor and dealer in de­vel­op­ing a re­li­able overview of the mar­ket and as­cer­tain where his or her in­ter­ests lie."

Aside from my bab­bling about the lack of black artists, Elvis, and the Bea­t­les in the book, I did pro­vide a brief his­tory of the grad­ing of 45s. The also book in­cluded two guest ar­ti­cles:

What Is An Ac­etate And Why Do They Cost So Much?
by Christo­pher Chat­man

How To Re­al­is­ti­cally Sell Your Records
by Perry Cox

About Elvis and the Bea­t­les: the discogra­phies in the book were huge, but not com­plete. There is too much and so I cov­ered the im­por­tant records and rec­om­mended two other price guides that spe­cial­ized on those two artists, my own A Touch Of Gold – The Elvis Pres­ley Record & Mem­o­ra­bilia Price Guide, and The Bea­t­les Price Guide For Amer­i­can Records by Perry Cox.



Two more edi­tions by me fol­lowed, each slightly big­ger and no­tice­ably bet­ter than the pre­vi­ous. Each new edi­tion out­sold the pre­vi­ous edi­tion. (This was the only cover for the 45RPM book that I could tol­er­ate.)

Where's all the black music?

Dur­ing the hey­day of Top 40 ra­dio in the 1950s and '60s, hun­dreds of records were is­sued every week, all com­pet­ing for the pre­cious lit­tle time avail­able within a 24-hour day. There were far (FAR!) too many rock & roll records for this book, so I had to make some de­ci­sions on what to ex­clude as well as what to in­clude.

Be­cause of one de­ci­sion, I ended up with an all-white book. . As for the ap­par­ent racial dis­crim­i­na­tion, I wrote:

"For the sake of defin­ing the scope of this book, I have dif­fer­en­ti­ated white rock & roll from black rhythm & blues and soul mu­sic. The al­most com­plete lack of black artists is not meant as a state­ment in any man­ner; it is sim­ply a means of defin­ing my bound­aries and work­ing within them."

I apol­o­gized if this ap­peared racist, but I had a cou­ple of all-black books planned for the fu­ture. 2

This book also sold well be­yond the hopes of Krause and the fu­ture looked good for me and KP . . .



I didn't much care for this cover ei­ther, but this was eas­ily the best guide of the three edi­tions!

About my other books

There are eight ar­ti­cles on this site ex­plain­ing the var­i­ous books I pub­lished for record col­lec­tors. They are best read in the fol­low­ing or­der, which is roughly chrono­log­i­cal:

1. O’Sullivan Woodside’s Rock & Roll Record Al­bums Price Guide
2. O’Sullivan Woodside’s Elvis Pres­ley Record Price Guide
3. Goldmine’s Price Guide to Col­lectible Record Al­bums (1st edi­tion)
4. Goldmine’s Price Guide to Col­lectible Record Al­bums (5th edi­tion)
5. Goldmine’s Rock’n Roll 45RPM Record Price Guide
6. Goldmine’s Price Guide to Col­lectible Jazz Al­bums
7. A Touch Of Gold – Elvis Record & Mem­o­ra­bilia Price Guide
8. Blues and R&B 45s of the ’50s Price Guide

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1   I would have gone with some­thing like Goldmine's Price Guide to Col­lectible Rock & Roll Sin­gles and Pic­ture Sleeves, or the sim­pler and more Goldmine's Price Guide to Rock & Roll Records.

2   I planned one book for black rhythm & blues and rock & roll from 1952-1962, and an­other for '60s and '70s soul.

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