Inner Groove Auctions is the culmination of life evolving, an appreciation of classic rock, and the dreams of two lifelong friends Mike McAllister & Ronnie Sevean. For it has been their hope for nearly 30 years to one day open a record and music memorabilia shop. Now that hope has become a reality.
Mike McAllister (left) & Ronnie Sevean (right) in 1987 selling items at a Rock 'N Roll Memorabilia Show.
As time has progressed, technology also evolved and the traditional "memorabilia shop" has moved to the online auction house. Mike & Ronnie have teamed up with Create Auction – the leading online auction service provider to offer regular online auctions featuring cool music memorabilia to everyday collectors. They have chosen the name "Inner Groove Auctions".
The Inner Groove is the ending part of a record between the last track and the paper label also referred to as the run-off groove. Of course the most famous Inner Groove was when The Beatles put what was believed to be a special message on the Inner Groove of Their Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band LP.
If you don't already know them personally, here's some background on the owners of Inner Groove Auctions - in their own words:
In late 1965 my brother Rickey was off to the Navy. He left early one morning I remember with lots of hugs and tears. He also left the first two Beatles LP's and his record player. Thus began a lifelong love affair with vinyl. I couldn't get enough of records. A paper route at the age of 7 started funding my collection. A short mile or two walk was all that was needed to get to Sterns in the Preakness shopping center where 45's could be purchased for a mere 69 cents. WABC 77 was permanently on my transistor radio for all the latest hits.
By the age of twelve, I was working in a banquet hall kitchen which now supported my attending concerts. A couple of the most memorable concerts of my youth were the Richard Nader Rock 'N Roll Revival Show at Madison Square Garden (MSG), and Thanksgiving night 1974 when John Lennon joined Elton John on stage at MSG.
Long live Rock 'n' Roll - it keeps you young.
Ronnie Sevean (left), Steve Forbert (center), and Mike McAllister (right) at Jiggs Corner, Route 23 in Butler, NJ in 1988.
The picture with Steve Forbert was taken the first time he appeared at Jiggs Corner (my family's establishment). We opened Jiggs in September of '87 and through a friendship with Steve, we booked him and he played there in early '88. There was a buzz going with Steve at the time, because he had just released 'Streets of this Town' on Geffen. It was Steve's first release in 5 years due to the usual record company disagreements. The show sold out quickly to full capacity. Sev of course came down early, even before Steve showed up. He did his sound check and we took him around to show him our new business. As we did, people started to arrive early. It was a very gratifying moment to have him come to our establishment. The show went off without a hitch, he was his usual tremendous self, played a bit longer than usual and was friendly and cordial to everyone after the show who wanted a piece of him. Thanks to him, many other national acts have graced our stage, from Eric Burdon to Graham Parker. Jiggs McAllister's continues to this day. Check us out online at www.jiggscorner.com. If you're going to be in the area of Butler, NJ feel free to stop by and checkout the memorabilia and photos at Jiggs. Just call ahead and ask for me if you would like to either bring consignments or have a chance to meet.
Not quite old enough to recall that milestone night in February of 1964 but surely do remember attending the Premier of "Help" at the Hawthorne Theatre in 1965. As a young lad I was turned onto music and especially The Beatles by a hip Father who loved Rock and Roll. With a Mother who listened to Broadway and Movie Soundtracks my world has been filled with music since I could walk. Elvis, Buddy, Chuck, Dion, Four Seasons, Beatles, Stones, Herman's Hermits, Dave Clark 5, just scraped the surface and offered my ears a glimpse of what the world had to offer. The desire to obtain as much music truly began by the age of 7 or 8 years of age. There was nothing like getting the LP du jour through the Capitol Record Club of which my father was a member; adding to the fun was always getting a Beatles Related item! Dolls, Buttons, Books, Drumset, Poster, Shirts and Nehru Jackets…you name it, Dad bought it for me.
Little Beatlemaniac, Ronnie. Christmas of 1964 with my cool dad, and my Beatles Guitar...
My first recollection of buying a record with my own money was at Sam Goody at the Garden State Plaza, the record was Hey Jude b/w Revolution and I still own that record. I was with a family friend Elaine and I was in the second grade, I recall that day more vividly than yesterday. The vinyl addiction soon blossomed and by the early 70's (although the Fabs had disbanded) my desire for music and especially The Beatles grew, and has never changed. I learned how to play the drums starting at age 12... yes I own a 1967 Ludwig Ringo Kit. My love of all types of music had brought me to work as a Disc Jockey and Record Manager at a large record chain store. Being in this industry, enabled me to see an endless list of concerts.
The first concert I ever attended was Paul Revere and The Raiders at The Steel Pier in Atlantic City back in the Summer of 1968. In 1970 my family moved, leaving a bustling city to the burbs, where soon I met someone who loved The Fabs as much as I did. He was to become one of my closest friends since then.
I am always looking to talk about music, and make new Rock 'N Roll friends. I welcome the opportunity to work with you in your pursuit of buying or selling music memorabilia through Inner Groove Auctions.