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Every Record Tells A Story

Every Record Tells A Story seeks to write about records, and the extraordinary people who made them..

ERTAS author Steve Carr has written for Classic Rock Magazine, Team Rock online and Record Collector Magazine. Steve has also appeared on the Radio 4 programme The World Tonight and on TV with BBC4’s Pop Charts Britannia: 60 Years of the Pop Charts, which looked at the history of popular music.

Since 2012 Every Record Tells A Story has looked back at rock and pop’s quirkier stories, myths and legends.

A unique feature of the blog is Steve’s forays into the world of record collecting, some of which have involved a wager. For example, could you build a collection of original Beatles vinyl for less than the price of the reissues? How much would a complete set of David Bowie’s classic albums cost? Could you make and sell on eBay a deluxe box set of Neil Young albums using the original albums? And if, instead of buying a box set by Oasis, you spent the same money on buying second-hand albums, what records could you end up with?

ERTAS also features live reviews, photography, the occasional interview and general music-related nonsense.

For those seeking a bit more information, below is an excerpt of an interview  which explains what Every Record Tells A Story is all about. Click this link for the full interview.

Hi Steve! “Every Record Tells a Story”– excellent name, and very true, what can you tell us about it?

The genesis of the whole thing came in 2001, when I stumbled across the newly released book Fargo Rock City by Chuck Klosterman. Here was a guy who grew up in the middle of nowhere, listened to a derided genre of music – heavy rock – and could still talk about it with enthusiasm and with his critical faculties intact. It was brilliant. Wouldn’t it be good, I thought, if I could do something like that, but talking about life in the UK? There were similarities: Klosterman lived in a part of the world that I pictured as a wilderness, whilst in the UK I grew up in a cultural wilderness, musically speaking, thanks to the national radio stations that played non-stop Stock, Aitken and Waterman.

Of course I did nothing about actually writing a book, but the idea remained. I can’t review new records as well as Pitchfork or Drowned In Sound and I can’t approach an artist and say: “I’m from Rolling Stone and can I have an interview?” But not many people write about heavy rock, and those that do tend to (rightly) take it quite seriously, and tend not to write about other genres. So I had something different, because all I want to do is make jokes and write about other bands as well as Whitesnake. The Blogs-With-Jokes-About-Heavy-Rock-And-Other-Bands-niche is not a large or particularly strongly contested niche in the blogosphere, so I think I have a free run at it. I am trying to make a virtue of a lack of focus.

I like to think that blogging is to writing what punk was to music – a DIY ethic – that whole “here are three chords, now go form a band”, only with words. It isn’t of course – it’s basically me, typing into a computer, which is about as far removed from punk as you can imagine. However, my blog is the culmination of years of just being a fan of music, reading countless music biographies, storing up all these ideas and events – things that happened at gigs for example, and then gobbing them, carefully, onto the page.

I still have doubts about the name, but you have to call it something – and you should have seen the other ideas – they were far worse.

Has your taste changed much over time?

It has widened. In his book 31 Songs, Nick Hornby wrote that Led Zeppelin and loud music generally is something you grow out of. I disagree. I now find something to enjoy in most genres, but there’s still nothing quite like the sound of a Gibson Les Paul plugged into a Marshall Stack.

How do you view the role of the rock writer, and the ‘blogger’ in particular?

If I have a role, it is to entertain people with the writing, make people laugh and hopefully get them to dig out a new or old record. That’s all. Every Record Tells A Story will appeal to gig goers, vinyl lovers, and fans of indie, rock and metal. It’s like a poor man’s Mojo Magazine, only not as well written, but perhaps with more jokes.

There are many very good music blogs out there, much better than mine, a lot of which tell you about new music and new bands, and they play a great role in promoting new bands. Well, that’s not the kind of blog I write. Who wants to only listen to new stuff when you haven’t heard all the old stuff? It gets exhausting to keep up with. I start to doubt someone when they recommend their eightieth new band of the year as being something special. So I’ll write about say, six new bands a year, and I’ll really like them all.

Of everything you’ve presented on the site, is there anything of which you’re particularly proud?

I once took on a bet that I could buy all the Beatles albums on vinyl in a limited time and budget – that was a good series and was as much fun to do as it was to write. I had to do a fair bit of research, which I enjoyed. It ended up being part record collecting, part Beatles history and part comedy caper. Well, I thought it was funny anyway. I enjoyed it so much I did a follow-up with Bowie’s records six months later. As a consequence, I now own a lot of Beatles and Bowie vinyl. Which is no bad thing. My most popular post was a joke article I wrote about a university that offered a degree in record collecting, which went modestly viral…

Has the Every Record Tells a Story site led to any other opportunities?

One of the first pieces I wrote for the blog was a jokey thing about my memories of taping the charts off the radio. Somehow a BBC researcher found it and invited me to take part in a BBC documentary called Pop Charts Britannia: 60 Years of the Top Forty. They found a boom box and got me to tape a recording of the top forty countdown from the early Eighties. It was a lot of fun.

More recently the editor of Classic Rock magazine got in touch to ask if they could publish one of the ‘Rock on Trial’ articles about sexism in rock. I pulled together a few Pie Charts to illustrate the point, so it had a quirky visual element to it. There are very few Pie Charts in music criticism, I find. It was very flattering to rub shoulders with “proper” writers. It was encouraging. Maybe, I thought, I should carry on doing this blogging thing just a little bit longer …

I had no expectations or ambition that blogging would lead to anything else, so these things are nice to do when they come up.

If you are here for the first time, here are some articles that you may enjoy:

The Beatles Stereo Box Set Challenge

Can You Use Spotify And Still Be An Ethical Music Buyer?

(An adapted version of this article later appeared in Classic Rock Magazine)


Is Heavy Rock Just a Teeny Weeny Bit Sexist? (This later appeared on Team Rock’s Classic Rock website)

For vinyl lovers: could you pass a degree in record collecting?

The Making of Aretha Franklin’s First Single

The Scandal of Secondary Ticketing – You Are Better off With A Tout

Is it cheaper to buy vinyl online or in record shops?

When Neil Young Headed For The Ditch

For Classic Rock Magazine:

Michael Katon – Interview

For Record Collector Magazine:

Mercury Rev: Live Review

You can follow this music blog on Twitter or Facebook

My facebook page is at www.facebook.com/everyrecordtellsastory

Twitter: @EveryRecord

There is also an Every Record Gallery page on Pinterest if you like that sort of thing…

….and instagramTumblr and Clippings.me too. Got to love that Social Media thing.

You can email me at everyrecordtellsastory@gmail.com



46 responses to “About / Contact”

  1. protogermanic Avatar

    Hey thanks for the like. Feel free to repost and/ or mention and link to Proto-Germanic anytime.


  2. abbiechesher Avatar

    Hi, thanks for following my blog, its a project for university which i hope to be carrying on afterwards just to share my love for music, and I’ll be following yours for inspiration 🙂 I’m also from Essex too 😀 chelmsford though! 🙂


  3. HipsterApproved.net Avatar

    Nice blog. I’ll keep an eye on it.


    1. every record tells a story Avatar

      Thanks – always good to have Hipster Approval!


  4. mskatykins Avatar

    Thanks for the follow. 🙂

    So I read through your list and even though I was already interested, I definitely clicked with the “I keep concert stubs” part – love that! Have a scrapbook which I actually need to update it because I tend to write down a little descriptor of the gig/anything exciting/random that happened. 🙂

    Looking forward to following you! 🙂


    1. every record tells a story Avatar

      Thanks for popping by! I was wondering whether anyone actually read this page or paid it any attention! Now I know…


      1. mskatykins Avatar

        It’s a really cool page – I like it! 🙂 Have you been to lots and lots of gigs? I’ll bet you have! 🙂


      2. every record tells a story Avatar

        I’ll be posting about my first ever gig fairly soon…


      3. mskatykins Avatar

        Excellent! You’d be appalled to know that mine was 5ive… you might even click the ‘unfollow’ button when I tell you I’m not even ashamed of it! 😉


  5. blackwaxreviews Avatar

    I’m enjoying your blog very much. Must follow!


    1. every record tells a story Avatar

      Thanks – be glad to have you on board!


  6. I Made You A Mixtape Avatar

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Check it out here:


    1. every record tells a story Avatar

      I contacted you direct on your post – but have now acknowledged the award properly in my fiftieth post – thanks again…


  7. marycigarettes Avatar

    rave on…we love you.


  8. cathmfs Avatar

    Lessee, identify with # 1, 2, 3, 8 (embarrassed to admit) and 10. Born in 1969, listened to hard rock part of 1980’s then indie thereafter. Play guitar badly. Yep, follow!


    1. every record tells a story Avatar

      Welcome on board – I’ll try not to disappoint…


  9. Jason Wendleton Avatar

    Awesome blog, good to know there are still folks out there who like rock.


    1. every record tells a story Avatar

      Thanks – I’m enjoying reading your blog too!


  10. Joel BB Avatar

    Only went live with my journal of a rookie guitar player blog this week, and in the midst of my recent exploration into this WordPress community have been desperately searching for decent music / rock blogs …finally! -awesome site!


    1. every record tells a story Avatar

      Welcome! Do click the “follow” button – there’s plenty to come…


      1. Joel BB Avatar



  11. bino32 Avatar

    Thanks for liking my post. I really like your blog. Although I was born at the end of the 80s I love a lot of bands you mention here, e.g. Marillion, Jethro Tull or Bruce Springsteen. And yes, I once thought Bon Jovi were cool and I still like their old stuff 😉 Keep rockin’ 🙂


    1. every record tells a story Avatar

      Thanks. Hopefully we’ll keep interspersing the old with the new to keep things interesting. Thanks for stopping by! Do press follow if you want to come along for the journey!


  12. musikwala Avatar

    Hey thanks for the like! At first glance your blog looks like rock music heaven, so I will definitely be checking it out. 😉


  13. Pasta Paulie Avatar

    Thanks for checking into the pasta paulie blog and liking the David Bowie posting. Have just been browsing around your site, some great postings – takes me back!


    1. Every Record Tells A Story Avatar

      Thank you – I enjoyed your blog – thanks for saying “hello” (or should that be “ciao”?)


      1. Pasta Paulie Avatar

        ha! you did look around. bravo!



  14. simonsometimessays Avatar

    Hello – thanks for liking my blog. I’ve just been browsing yours a bit – and am hooked. May have trouble working today… Simon


    1. Every Record Tells A Story Avatar

      Hello – always happy to waste people’s time!


      1. simonsometimessays Avatar

        Absolutely not wasted!


      2. simonsometimessays Avatar

        Hello – since someone was nice enough to give me a Versatile Blogger Award (clearly he hasn’t met me), I felt duty bound to pass that on. Then I realised that someone with good taste had got in ahead of me – but by then it was too late. Here’s the link, and if I’ve done this right it will explain everything in words which I have faithfully cut and pasted (thereby proving my versatility).
        However – I do mean it, as I enjoy your blog very much.


      3. Every Record Tells A Story Avatar

        Thank you so much for your kind words – very good of you to spread some joy into the world! Nice to win an award – much appreciated.


  15. Sandy Sue Avatar

    thanks so much for visiting my site and deciding to follow. I couldn’t survive without music.


    1. Every Record Tells A Story Avatar

      Hey – you’re welcome – thanks for coming by here too.


  16. robincartwright Avatar

    Love the blog. Another music obsessive! In fact it has inspired me to write my own…http://robincartwright.wordpress.com
    grateful any top tips!


    1. Every Record Tells A Story Avatar

      Obsessive? Me? Oh, okay then – you’re probably right…


  17. Metal Goddesses Avatar

    Great interesting site! Miss some all female or female fronted bands.
    Talented Metal Goddesses from all over the World visit´: http://metalgoddesses.blogg.se


  18. Zack Avatar

    I’m looking to get a few reviews of my band’s new EP “Lost in Translation.” If you would give it a listen and maybe give us a few words I’d much appreciate it! We are available for interviews.



    Thanks a lot,

    Zack Baer


  19. Stephanie Avatar

    When my mom passed away in 2014, amongst other things, I was left with a medium sized collection of albums, and a walking ton of cd’s. Ranging from Stevie Nick’s to Bob Dylan. I have been wanting to do some type of blog, to showcase them, so to speak, but other than knowing I love music, lol, I know very little about the artist! But I have found some really good ideas off your blog! As far as, layout how to describe what I have etc… just need to dig deep! Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Every Record Tells A Story Avatar

      Thanks you Stephanie – I hope you enjoy writing your blog as much as I have over the years.


  20. Undefined Collective Avatar

    Hey Steve, awesome site, you have a great history of music (and related content) built up here! Your comment from the interview about “loud music” is super interesting…I run a music collective and one of our artists, Jackson Davis, just released a single from his upcoming EP! It’s in the realms of “loud music,” also falls under the realms of synth rock, and it’s reminiscent of Todd Rundgren’s sound.

    Here’s his single if you wanna check it out! Would love for you to write a review of his EP when it releases on July 27th, or even conduct an interview of him. Let me know if you’re interested in working together!

    Bandcamp: https://jacksondavis.bandcamp.com


  21. Edward Avatar

    Hello Steve!
    I’m Edward and I make part of a new indie band from NYC called The Wild Blue. We just recorded a five song ep. Here is a link to one of our songs; they’re all for free at band camp or the cd baby store. Thanks!



  22. Heatwave Avatar

    Hello Steve,

    Doris Troy sang backup on the Heatwave 1970 B-side, ‘Rastus Ravel (Is A Mean Old Man)’ and Rick Wakeman is playing piano.
    As heard on Bandcamp: https://the-heatwave.bandcamp.com/track/rastus-ravel-is-a-mean-old-man

    Heatwave, the original group by that name ca.1969, recorded ‘Rastus Ravel (Is A Mean Old Man)’ in Pye Studios, London on 16th October 1970.
    Friday 13th November 1970, Larry Page released their single on Penny Farthing Records in England, Germany and Japan.
    The song will be officially play-listed on Zone Radio: http://zoneradio.co.za on Monday 20 April 2020 and will be added to the Zone Radio rotation for a period of 8 weeks.

    Having played the Liverpool Cavern Club for a week, Heatwave is proud of its commemorative brick, 20 rows directly above ‘John’, in the Cavern Wall of Fame.

    My thought for the day… ‘The life you save by staying home may be your own!’

    And don’t forget [you won’t regret],
    wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands!

    Keeper of the Flame

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Every Record Tells A Story Avatar

      Thank you Martin for these thoughts and insight. Stay safe!


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