Brent Porche Visits 36th Annual ‘Not Just’ Rock Expo
This past weekend at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks was the 36th Annual Thanksgiving ‘Not Just’ Rock Expo featuring vendors from across the country. All sorts of vinyl records, CDs, 45’s, posters, vinyl records, books, magazines, vinyl records, memorabilia, and VINYL RECORDS! Everything every collector needs more of… right?! Of course!!
There was so much to see and comb through that I had to take a few trips around the expo center just to make sure that I saw as much as possible. Sometimes it’s better to go in with a game plan and know ahead of time what it is you are looking for, otherwise, it’s more of a Where’s Waldo when it comes to finding that needle in the rock n roll haystack. And let’s be honest, you can’t help but find “treasures” at every turn regardless of what it is you are looking for! Like these unused Stevie Ray Vaughan backstage passes from the ‘In Step’ tour! Of course, I had to have ‘em. Treasures!
Speaking of needles in haystacks – there was one vendor that had hundreds and hundreds of old concert and promotional posters from all over the place and spanning across multiple decades. Something that you had to comb through closely and carefully because there were some real gems in there. Like this Rage Against the Machine Tour poster from 1993 – The March 28th Philly date was with House of Pain and Quicksand as openers… AT THE TROCADERO!! Think about that one for a second… wow! I also picked up this Rage promotional poster from their Wembley Arena show in London – which kicked off their ‘Battle of Los Angeles’ European tour in 2000. Not bad for $10!
It was really cool to see the younger music fans there too! You can never get them started too early – I was spinning my Mickey Mouse & Sesame Street tunes on vinyl when I was a toddler! Give them some old, unwanted records to scratch the hell out of first though!