|1. What's the Agency Address?||Back to Contents|
| 2. What is the BDBDB?||Back to Contents|
The Bob Dylan Boot Data Base (BDBDB) contains only limited information about CD and vinyl boots (title, performer, label, matrix number, date, venue, & medium). This information is found in the online database. The BDBDB eliminates the need for extensive tracklists & reviews: a collector is ready to provide details for anything in the list.
The main body of the BDBDB is the list of collectors who have registered their ownership of particular titles & have volunteered to provide assistance to those who request it. For obvious reasons of privacy, this list is not available online. However, help is always an email away.
Please, the EDLIS - Who Has Which Boot agency is not a business! The agency does not sell boot CDs, nor does it recommend vendors. (We will comment that there are reputable vendors as well as disreputable ones, and one who buys a bootleg product should always recall, "caveat emptor".) Again, the CD & vinyl boot lists are not sales catalogs.
| 3. How Do I Get Information About a Boot?||Back to Contents|
When inquiring, please limit yourself to 2 or 3 specific title requests in a single post. It helps on the throughput.
Of course, inquirers will be asked to submit their own collections to the BDBDB & to serve as information contacts! Extortion, extortion, extortion! As they say, "The first one's free..." :-)
Tapes that are not available as CD or vinyl boots are beyond the scope of this service. Contact the EDLIS Tape Boot agents if you are interested in circulating tapes of non-CD/vinyl materials:
| 4. How Do I Send In My List & Serve as an Agency Contact?||Back to Contents|
Detailed information -- times, playlists, etc. -- is not necessary for the BDBDB and will be retained only on a space-available basis. (The purpose of this service is to allow collectors to network & provide this sort of information among themselves!) Limited identifying information such as performers, label, matrix number, venue and date of performance, is useful for properly placing titles. If you have this information handy, please do send it in, but I'm happy to receive your lists in whatever form you already have 'em!
When submitting a list to the BDBDB, be sure to include your preferred email address in the body of the message. Also please include your answers to three questions:
Of course, if you wish to impose any other qualifications (e.g., limit inquiries to rare items, will dub for blanks, etc.), feel free to do so. After receipt of your list, an acknowledgement will be mailed. This will serve to verify your email address, too.
As the rec.music.dylan FAQ says, the only reason EDLIS sends you anything is because others have contributed in the past! So, keep them cards & letters coming in!
| 5. How Does the Referral System Work?||Back to Contents|
As more collectors report owning a particular boot, only the seven with the smallest collections remain in the active referral pool. We have found that this facilitates successful tape trading. Those who register large collections serve as contacts for increasingly rarer items. At the same time, some of the most uncommon titles have been reported by collectors who owned only those boots! In short, no matter how large or small a collection might be, the BDBDB needs it to be listed!
| 7. The EDLIS Photocopy Collection ||Back to Contents|
INSTRUCTIONS - For each CD you should photocopy the CD itself and all sides of all of the inserts on A4 [210 x 300 mm] or standard [8.5" x 11"] sized paper. (Do NOT cut the photocopy to size, they are filed as A4 sized pages) Inserts all come out, though removing the back one is a little tricky until you have done it once. Be prepared to break a fingernail during the learning process. Matrix numbers - i.e. the company and number information punched in, found on that little ring near the centre and read with extreme difficulty - do not always come out well in the photocopy, so check and if it is less than perfect write the matrix number on a part of the page well clear of the CD's image. Send your little bundles to: R.C. Jamieson NEIS Cambridge University Library West Road Cambridge CB3 9DR U.K.
|8. What's the Password?||Back to Contents|
|9. Disclaimer||Back to Contents|