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- Posted on Nov 2nd 2012 1:15PM by Jason MacNeil
On Wednesday Matthew T. Kaplan from Weehawken, New Jersey posted a YouTube clip showing what Sandy did to his prized possessions.
"Well, this is what Sandy did to the record collection," Kaplan wrote. The nearly four-minute clip begins with Kaplan stating the water rose to roughly 18 inches as boxes of albums can be seen clearly damaged.
"I spy Curtis Mayfield, I spy the Loretta Lynn that I got the other day, John Prine, Quicksilver, oh Miles Davis," Kaplan says as he sighs.
Sounding as if he arranged his collection alphabetically, the collector says everything from "T through Z" is damaged. Other records damaged include seven-inch singles and all "the ska and Two Tone, so that means the complete Two Tone collection is now gone." Two Tone was the British label established in the '70s and was home to bands like Madness and The Specials among others. Later on he also sees some water damage to records kept inside an old jukebox.
Kaplan moves to another room with some damaged compilations and fanzines. He also spots an autographed copy of Herman Leonard's Book of Jazz Memories. In an uncomfortable coincidence, Leonard's own photography studios and home were destroyed in Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Other people such as Pamela Taylor were also combing through their damaged materials. According to USA Today, Taylor, who lives on an inlet in Massapequa, New York was a makeup artist who toured with the Rolling Stones. A copy of Keith Richards' Life autographed "To Pamela -- Thanks for making me look so great," a large photo of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen performing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a traveling make-up case Rolling Stones roadies made for her were among her damaged possessions.
While Kaplan and Taylor without question endured some hardships, Noisecreep reported yesterday King's X drummer Jerry Gaskill and his family lost their home along the Jersey shore due to Sandy. Gaskill, who suffered a heart attack in February, was forced to leave the home and all of their material possessions were destroyed. A fundraising campaign as of this morning has reached 46 per cent of its intended $25,000 goal, with $11,425 was raised to help Gaskill.