Ongoing History Daily: Weird eBay collectibles

eBay has changed the way people look at music memorabilia. Not only has eBay vastly inflated prices for collectibles, but the site has made it possible to trade just about anything music-related.

For example, some Radiohead fan offered up Thom Yorke’s toenail clippings for sale.

After Moby started licensing all his music for TV commercials and soundtracks in the late 90s, someone offered up an empty jar, saying that it contained Moby’s soul. Hey, he had everything else for sale, right?

The most recent weird thing I’ve heard about is the pacemaker once implanted in the chest of the drummer of a Scottish band called Mogwai. Martin Bulloch got a new one, so he didn’t have a need for the old pacemaker. The money raised from the sale went to the British Heart Foundation.

Yesterday’s post was on SoundScan.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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