Bag 9: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Go read Derek Powazek's account of a recent purge of his music collection, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and then get yourself a fresh bag or box and make a few changes of your own.

Author: Dinah from Kabalor

Author. Discardian. GM. Current project: creating an inclusive indie fantasy ttrpg

5 thoughts on “Bag 9: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”

  1. It’s funny, I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while now. I don’t have the volume of CDs that Derek does, but I have two of those big binder/cases full of CDs. I used to listen to at least a few of them in the car, but I don’t drive to work anymore.
    I moved last Sept, and my two big binders are STILL in a box in the basement…guess it’s time to purge! I wish I could sell mine though, but I doubt I’d get anything for them without having the jewel cases.


  2. Sarah, how about checking to see if the library would like them? Maybe there’s a way to get a tax deduction, but at least you’d be bringing music to the community.


  3. I’m all for getting rid of objects you no longer use, but selling the physical CDs because you are listening to the MP3s instead is double-dipping into the pockets of the musician. Bands don’t get royalties on used CDs, so releasing a disc back into the market of an artist that you enjoy and support is detrimental to them.


  4. Holly,
    I disagree in a certain instance; did you also buy the MP3? If you did (and you should) then giving the cd to the library isn’t a bad idea. I would like to think that most bands would be happy to know that their music is getting passed on, not just trashed.


  5. It’s a little depressing to read again and again people claiming that portable mp3’s and every other technology described in the post came with Apple… because it simply didn’t and they know it ’cause they already owned portable mp3 players, plus it has always and will always be cheaper without that brand. (And sometimes even more effective; by the way, can you now play your songs in the order that you like?)
    More to the point, mp3 conversion does lose some of the fidelity. Afaik we don’t hear music as detailed as it really is anymore. Sure, the lure of having all your music everywhere is huge, but one should think about this specific trade-off.


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