Ongoing History Daily: The most valuable alt-rock records

If you’re into collecting rare records, this post is for you. These are among the rarest and valuable releases in alternative music history.

  • The original vinyl release of Nirvana’s Bleach album. Only about 1000 were printed up and the current price is about $2,000 a copy.
  • The very first Joy Division EP is worth about $6,000. It’s a 7-inch entitled An Ideal for Living.
  • And then there’s the Sex Pistols’ “God Save the Queen” 7-inch on the A&M label. What makes this edition so valuable is that the Pistols were on A&M for just six days. Two hundred and fifty thousand were pressed—but the band was dropped before the single was released. Most were melted down but a few hundred managed to escape. A copy of this 7-inch will now cost you anywhere between $10,000 and $25,000.

If you missed Wednesday’s post, it was about the time Depeche Mode canceled a show in Ottawa for an odd reason.

And don’t forget to check out my podcast The Ongoing History of New Music where you listen on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogleStitcher, or wherever you get your on-demand audio.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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