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    My missus was thinking about getting me one of these bad boys for my birthday, but weighing in at £200 with a payment method that has you crossing your fingers, I'd feel a bit more at ease if any of you guys have bought one in the past or even seen one and can verify it's worthiness.

    http://www.funk.ch/funk-lexikon.htm
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    I guess it depends on how much you value having the images/label scans of the items.

    I've got the listings of the records from the site (pure text listings - no images) and while they are interesting, they are by no means comprehensive and are littered with mistakes and inaccuracies.

    £200 would buy *alot* of good records and for that matter, books which IMHO would teach you alot more.
    Matt Hero

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    • #3
      I've always fancied one in the back of my mind, where lottery win dreams dwell... As a book, it would be a fascinating one to have and I could spend all day idly gazing at all the bizarre label designs. So I guess if you see it that way and not as part of your record budget, then maybe you can convince yourself. After all, life isn't just about records, it's about books with pictures of records too... You'd be better of asking your question over at Deepfunk, as I'd hazard a guess that no-one here buys anything for more than three quid!
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      • #4
        Nice thinking from the missus tho..
        Let him have the lot for £2.00 - we were only going to throw 'em out anyway...

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        • #5
          Yep, thats me sussed Nick, tighter than a gnat's chuff, with a budget the size of a rats genitals besides you've gotta have some change fer the right?.
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          • #6
            gnat's chuff = mosquito's tweeter = the funk? You've gotta admit it - whatever you listen to always sounds better when you've picked it up for next to nowt...

            And on the actual subject, you *should* be able to order a copy through a library, though you may need to wait for it to come through (at a push, through the British Library, and if they need to order it in, anything up to 6 months) as long as you have the full details (publisher, ISBN number etc). That way you could check it out in detail before taking the plunge. Looks like a US publication, but at least one copy ought to be circulating in the UK library system somewhere!
            a giant steam-powered turntable in warwickshire plays six foot cement recordings of Prince Albert's speeches to the rejoicing populace

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            • #7
              This is put out by Pete Wermelinger from Switzerland.

              He has literally dedicated his life to put this together over the years and is constantly travelling round the world visiting collectors to garner info and scans etc.

              My hat is doffed in the direction of the moustachioed funk librarian for his dedication in making massive inroads in gathering the archives of the groove - for all to share.

              ...but no I've not bought a copy though...sorry.

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              • #8
                I know that Quannum are putting together a similar style encyclopaedia, compiled by DJ Shadow and Dante Carfagne. I'd imagine it'll be pretty heavy duty, and presumably will be slightly more affordable (if and when it appears...)
                There MUST be a Hymns-A-Swingin' in this box...

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                • #9
                  That's weird. Why don't they just hook up with Wermelinger and do it together, since they've both contributed to his ongoing project. The book in question is the paper version of a private press, I doubt if any library could order it. Besides, how long do you think it would last there?

                  I started downloading the scan pages a while back, then got sidetracked when I realised I still had a life... but now the scans seem to have exited his website. Shame...
                  http://wakeupanddie.com
                  http://weirdgearnyc.com
                  http://makethingsmatter.com

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                  • #10
                    I think it was matt who said he had the pdf's. I can't find mine but if you can email me them dude - then I'll put them online so people can download them.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by [b
                      Quote[/b] (Nick Cope @ Aug. 15 2003,12:07)]The book in question is the paper version of a private press, I doubt if any library could order it. Besides, how long do you think it would last there?
                      True, but if it&#39;s copyrighted in the UK it would need to be sent to the 3 main copyright libraries (ie: British Library, Scottish National Library, National Library Of Wales etc) and should be order-able from one or another of those within the UK lib service...if it isn&#39;t lodged/copyrighted for the UK, or alocated an ISBN number, it won&#39;t be, I guess... Could be worth a try, though. The £200 cost is high, but not far out of line with other specialist/small-run/academic type books (which are usually sold only to institutions, and priced very high)...
                      a giant steam-powered turntable in warwickshire plays six foot cement recordings of Prince Albert's speeches to the rejoicing populace

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                      • #12
                        Could be an excuse to visit the Lego, oh sorry, the British Library... Serm, I&#39;ve got a few pages of the scans, want them?
                        http://wakeupanddie.com
                        http://weirdgearnyc.com
                        http://makethingsmatter.com

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                        • #13
                          What exactly is the remit of the book? I find it a little odd that, in amongst everything else, tunes by Betty Boo and Young MC are listed...

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                          • #14
                            As i'm always working on improving the lexicon, you might be able to let me know about those "mistakes" in the lexicon. As you write it's "littered with" I suppose you can list me "a lot" of mistakes that I can correct. Maybe you could start to let me/us know the most important ones.

                            Also I like to know what you mean with "by no means" comprehensive. What do you expect that it would fit your expectations. Maybe you can give me an example of a 'comprehensive' reference-guide.

                            Thanks,
                            Peter



                            Originally posted by Matt Hero
                            I've got the listings of the records from the site (pure text listings - no images) and while they are interesting, they are by no means comprehensive and are littered with mistakes and inaccuracies.

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                            • #15
                              I've a cd of each page which I downloaded ages ago when it was up on the net, think they're in photoshop format though.
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