Jess Thompson

Articles by Jess Thompson

Where Poetry and Music Meet: Songs Inspired By Poetry

It’s hard to deny the huge influence that poetry has on songwriting. In 2016, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Patti Smith has come to be known as the “punk poet laureate”. Performance poet, John Cooper Clarke was buoyed by […]

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Music Magazines Are Our Portal To The Past

Why read an album review when you can stream it on release day and make up your own mind? Why read an interview in a magazine when you can @ pretty much anyone and ask them anything — or just scroll through their Twitter feed? Why seek out a gig guide when you can click […]

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How Music Films & Biopics Are Affecting Music Sales

Music films seem inescapable at the moment. Granted, as a music fan, I deliberately put them in my line of vision, many of these films are geared towards fans and non-fans of the artist alike, or even of that particular music genre. Record execs are likely taking note of the incredible achievement of Queen biopic, […]

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The Best Books To Get Hooked On Music & Gig Posters

Thumbing through these books on gig posters requires restraint; you’ll probably want to tear out the pages to adorn your walls. These books on gig posters put together by historians, collectors, printers, and ardent fans are a celebration of music, art and physical media, as well as community and sense of collaboration, both in terms […]

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The Best Advice For Starting Your Gig Poster Collection

Whether you’re new to picking up gig posters, interested in getting more involved, or even if you’ve already amassed an impressive collection, a little expert advice never goes amiss. The great finds and the evasive, long-standing Wantlisted items, the highs and lows of collecting – it’s an experience that’s hard to replicate. We got some […]

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The Most Iconic Gig Posters – A Primer

What’s iconic and what’s not is highly subjective, but at least on these eight gig posters we can all agree, have a special place in the gig poster canon. These posters all have that thing that will see them remembered for decades (hey, maybe even centuries) to come. It’s impossible to talk iconic posters without […]

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Inside a Gig Poster Collection

What’s better than getting a peek at someone else’s collection? Whether it’s vinyl, CDs, cassettes, books, films or posters – call it nosy (we call it inquisitive) – but there’s something about getting a look at a collector’s most prized possessions, what they’ve gone to great pains to acquire, and what they’ve chosen to leave […]

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Post No Bills: How The Posterogs Database Stacks Up

We love a good old fashioned data dig here at Discogs, and the poster data we’ve been collecting over the past couple of years is no exception. While Posterogs is still pretty new compared to Discogs, we were curious to see where there were parallels in terms of what our most submitted posters and artists […]

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How Music Posters Found A Home On Discogs

Posters that were once produced simply as advertisements and promotional pieces for gigs and concerts have become a serious art form and collectible. Gig posters say almost as much about a music scene as the music itself. Many music scenes and social movements have become synonymous with the poster art that was created around it. […]

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What Do A Music Database & 1692 Books Have In Common?

Music books added to Bookogs

I don’t know what happens when they walk into a bar, so don’t ask me. We’re talking about our music book submission drive, Bibliophonic. As Discogs integrates more music data, extending to including music books on artist pages (e.g. David Bowie), Bibliophonic was an opportunity to focus on getting more music books submissions into the […]

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