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I’m still here. The OP Archives are temporarily on-hold while I try to figure out how to mount the site which will host them. But…All of the tabloid-sized pages are now digitized. Hooray!

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Due to the kindness of strangers, it would appear that I’ll be able to archive all of the OPs. It will still be a while before they’re all posted for public consumption but there will be no missing issues.

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I’m trying this layout out but before making a separate blog for OP–Chenille Tartar will be the test run location for the time being. I’ve also opted out of making full copies of any issues available online but will catalog the contents of each issue in written text format. That should make certain subjects more searchable too!

This format is subject to change. Here are the first two pages (well, the front cover and page 1, the Table of Contents) of “A”. This will be a lengthy project but hopefully something that will be of use for anyone interested. Pages will probably be posted 2 or 3 at a time (for now, hopefully more once all of the scanning is done) and will not contain full texts but page contents (topics of articles, ads, etc.). This really just seems like the best way to proceed at this point. I suppose I could not scan the collection but then the pages would become further damaged. They’re already very brittle.

If anyone is interested in contacting me for more information please feel free to do so via the comments for now. There seem to be issues with the contact form box. Hopefully that will sort itself out.

I hope that you enjoy the images that will be provided with each post.

[FRONT COVER]

OP A
Contents
Cover Image
Topics:
Alternative Listings
Art Ensemble of Chicago
Laurie Anderson
Small Label Addresses
The Avengers
Random Radar Interview
All Music: Folk, Country, Jazz, Rap
Alligator
Free Music in Alabama
“A” Movies
Background images include letter “A” stamps and purple Alligator stamps

[PAGE 1]

Lost Music Network—what it is
Who OP is
What next for LMN

TOC: (sorry for the haphazard page numbers–more stuff to be sorted/figured out before this gets a separate blog)

TABLE OF CONTENTS………………………………………………1
OP PROPAGANDA…………………………………………………..1
LETTERS……………………………………………………………3-5
RANDOM RADAR INTERVIEW………………………………6-7
THEORETICAL GIRLS……………………………………………..7
WELL-DRESSED MAN……………………………………………..7
SINGLES………………………………………………………….8-10
THE “A” SECTION…………………………………………….11-16

The Avengers, “A” Movies
International “A”
“A” Jazz Artists, “A” LPs
Brief report from Alabama
A cappella gospel
Laurie Anderson
The directory of “A” addresses
Alternative network listings
News and reviews
Ads page
Magazines

JOIN LMN: a description of why you should be a member of the Lost Music Network

 

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Here is some Canadian content from the annals of OP. This letter to the editor was published in OP H.

 

OP H scan

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It’s been some years now since I acquired 24 of the 26 OP alphabet issues, but I’ve been irked about the absent two ever since. At the time of acquisition there were very few OPs for sale online.  I watched for copies of the missing issues for a while but there weren’t many floating around the net for sale or anywhere else from what I could determine. Those that were out there were not either of the missing two.

Since I’ve started digitizing the collection, I’ve realized that I should make another attempt to find the missing parties while I still have access to the large format scanner that’s loaned out to me. Last night I began the hunt once more and found a “D” Issue online. I ordered it (of course!) though still have yet to find an “E.” Apparently there was one posted online several months ago on EBay. Missed that one–something presumably attributable to being in the throes of doctoral completion.

I still don’t fancy myself a “collector” though I do collect certain things. I would like to think that I’m not covetous about it. Glancing at these OPs makes me realize that the spirit of OP was, in part, about sharing information. I see them now as a valuable resource for those interested in what was going on in various non-mainstream scenes during a specific time period (1978-1984).

The current problem (beyond the search for “E”)  is about the best way to give access to people who are interested in the OPs. It’s something to contemplate while scanning, scanning, scanning. I’ve got some ideas…

 

 

An image from the "F Section" insert of "Op F"

An image from the “F Section” insert of “Op F”

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Digitizing and subsequently archiving my OP Magazine collection is now at the top of the to-do list. Problem number one was that I needed to acquire (albeit temporarily) an 11 X 17 scanner because, up to about half-way through the OP “alphabet,” the OPs are printed on tabloid-sized newsprint. After some mulling and a bit of research, I figured that scanning the pages with an appropriately sized scanner would be the best way to approach the process. It’s working!

 

More to come, but for now enjoy “Some Chickens…”

 

 

 

Some Chickens

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