• The cradle of modern fandom

The blog Dust & Grooves has a new interview with the artist Rutherford Chang, who currently has an exhibit showing at Recess gallery in New York called “We Buy White Albums.” It consists of Chang’s collection of nearly 700 copies of the Beatles’ self-titled 1968 double LP, starting with his first one, which he picked up at a garage sale in California as a teenager. The show’s set up like a record store devoted entirely to the White Album, with shelves of them sorted by the serial number printed on its original pressing (Chang only collects numbered copies, which he says, “[implies] that it is a limited edition, although one running in excess of 3 million”). Select specimens are displayed on a “staff picks” wall, and the album itself plays perpetually over the “store” stereo. True to the exhibition’s title, Chang will buy any numbered copies of the White Album that you bring him.

Chang’s obsessively single-minded curatorship has turned up a few interesting facts about the record. For instance, his collection is entirely devoid of copies numbered between 2,700,00 and 2,800,00, which Chang says is “statistically unlikely” and suggests that something weird happened to 100,000 copies of the White Album to keep them off the market. He’s also collected a large number of copies with sleeves decorated by their former owners, who seem to have taken Richard Hamilton’s brutally minimalist cover art as an invitation to supply their own.