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55th Mega Record & CD Fair November 12 & 13, 2022
Brabanthallen in ’s-Hertogenbosch

On Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, 2022, the Mega Record & CD Fair will take place in the Brabanthallen in ’s-Hertogenbosch. At this fair, which is being held for the 55th time, music lovers from all over the world come together to buy records, attend book presentations, see live performances and visit exhibitions. This fall, the fair will show an exhibition with photos by pop photographer George DuBose, an exhibition by Ben Merlis and there are Meet & Greets. In addition, the Austrian top collector Hans Pokora presents and signs his latest book with rare record covers.

9001 Record Collector Dreams

During the Mega Records & CD Fair, the Austrian top collector Hans Pokora presents his latest book from a special series entitled 9001 Record Collector Dreams. In it, Pokora gives an overview of rare and unique folk, beat, garage and psychedelic records from the sixties and seventies. Pokora has been collecting rare records from this period for more than forty years. Hans Pokora will be present at the Record Fair to sign his book and perform appraisals.

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Goin’ Off, The Story of the Juice Crew & Cold Chillin’ Records by Ben Merlis, images by George Dubose

As Hip-Hop first exploded throughout New York City’s boroughs and surrounding towns, a new generation was emerging-the first to be raised in the genre. At the centre of it all was a collective known as the Juice Crew, led by the charismatic radio personality Mr. Magic, whose Rap Attack was the first program of its kind on a commercial station. His DJ/engineer Marley Marl pioneered production techniques that defined the golden era of Hip-Hop and formed the basis of Cold Chillin’ Records, which was founded in 1986 by Len Fichtelberg and Tyrone Williams. Goin’ Off chronicles the rise and fall of Cold Chillin’ and its partnership with Warner Bros. Records. It follows the careers of the label’s recording artists through first-hand accounts of industry players, producers, MC’s and DJ’s: Roxanne Shanté was a fourteen year-old battle rapper who spanned the diss record; MC Shan engaged in a legendary cross-borough feud with KRS-One; Kool G Rap was a foundational participant in what the media dubbed ’gangsta-rap’; Big Daddy Kane’s quick-witted lyricism changed the way people rhyme; the collegiate Masta Ace sought to uplift his community during the height of the crack epidemic; The Genius (aka GZA) co-founded the rap dynasty Wu Tang Clan; and the enigmatic Biz Markie had the world singing along to his hit anthem ’Just a Friend’. Plagued by corporate censorship and a landmark sample-related lawsuit in the 1990’s, Cold Chillin’ folded, leaving behind a legacy shrouded in controversy and a catalog that influenced multiple generations of rap artists.

Ben Merlis is a native of Los Angeles, where he was raised on oldies, Hip-Hop, and punk, in that order. He currently writes for uDiscover Music and works in public relations for Experience Hendrix, ABKCO, ZZ Top, and many others.

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George DuBose has been the resident photographer of the Ramones in NYC for many years since the early 1980s, in addition he has photographed many celebrities such as Madonna, Blondie, Tom Waits and from the start many of the Hip-Hop musicians depicted in this book.

DJ Brown Acid (Permanent Records Los Angeles)

Brown Acid is the long-running, critically acclaimed heavy rock compilation series curated by Permanent Records’ owner / record collector Lance Barresi (aka DJ Brown Acid). This heavy head will be spinning rare, privately pressed American hard rock, heavy psych, and proto-metal 45s from his deep personal collection. If you dig the sounds of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Jimi Hendrix and are interested in having your mind blown by records by more obscure artists you've never heard before, come on down!

55th Mega Record & CD Fair autumn 2022
  • Brabanthallen in ’s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
  • Saturday November 12 from 9 am till 5 pm
  • Sunday November 13 from 10 am till 5 pm
  • The Pre Sale in Online

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The 54th Mega Record & CD Fair was great

The Mega Record & CD Fair on April 9 and 10 was a real treat! After two years of waiting, it was finally here. This time in the Brabanthallen in ’s-Hertogenbosch and not in Utrecht. A new location after 25 years, that was exciting, but we have absolutely no regrets.

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Overview Mega Record & CD Fair Den Bosch April 2022

After years of Covid-19 and other uncertainties, it was quite a job to organise everything again within two months at the new location. But we succeeded, partly thanks to the support and confidence of visitors and exhibitors.

We were happy with the Brabanthallen and so were the visitors. They came in large numbers again from all over the world, such as America, Japan, Ireland, England, Belgium and France. Great! Fortunately, we heard that a lot. Of course, there were also a few critical notes and we are not deaf to these. We will include all suggestions in our evaluation, so that we can make the next event an even greater success. Below is just a sample of some of the visitors’ reactions:

Patrick Heremans - Vilvoorde
’Top location! Easy to reach, parking close by and lots of space between the stands. It was enjoyable! Hopefully you (and we) will be off again for many years.’

Kimberly Van Pinxteren-De Vries - Amsterdam
’Had such a fun day, exceeded all my expectations! Look forward to the next fair!’

Annet van Veen - Leiden
’Was top, much bigger than Utrecht, just had sore feet.’

Stefano Oflorenz - Italy
’It's been a blast! Thanks for this brand new location.’

Victor Cavaco - Portugal
’Congratulations! It was a great fair. Great organization, great location, great venue.’

Obed Ricardo Garrido Perez - Mexico
’A dream place to be!’

Turgut Kocer - Duitsland
’Been there today and it’s such a wonderful new location - way better than the old one. Great coffee, super clean facilities, unbelievably friendly and euphoric security and staff.’

The 54th edition of the Mega Record & CD Fair was a great success and we are looking forward to more. On to the next one. Make a note in your diary: the 55th edition will take place on 12 and 13 November 2022.

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