Saturday, October 31, 2009

Paul Mawhinney and The Archive

I just watched this beautifully-shot short, "The Archive," for the first time yesterday, although it was posted over a year ago. I did remember the story of Paul Mawhinney, owner of the "World's Greatest Music Collection", from his eBay auction early last year. The winning bid of $3,002,150 came from a buyer in Ireland, but it turned out to be a fake.

Please watch and enjoy. From various perspectives -- musical, cultural, technological, business and artistic -- as Paul says, "It's a sad commentary on the times."

The Archive from Sean Dunne on Vimeo.

Paul Mawhinney was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Over the years he has amassed what has become the world's largest record collection. Due to health issues and a struggling record industry Paul is being forced to sell his collection.

This is the story of a man and his records. I hope you enjoy it.

He is still trying to locate a new home for these "close to 2,500,000" recordings. Check out for more info. I'll be watching to see what becomes of The Archive.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Rest In Peace Mr. Magic

My heart hurts. Mr. Magic passed away this morning. His "Rap Attack" show on WBLS with DJ Marley Marl, the first exclusively rap format radio show, first DJ mix show EVER, was legendary. Here on the west coast we fiended for tapes, or just word about who was on the show, what records they played, so we could try to find them in the record stores here. In 1985 I listened to the first Rap Attack album non-stop.

Thank you, Mr. Magic!