[Jandek] how big is the Corwood universe?

Allen Rendel arendel at ripco.com
Thu Aug 17 20:28:52 PDT 2006

When my band had our CDs made the minimum run was 500 and we had to hunt to
find a place that would do that.  In the end, they ran 1000 and sent us the
extra 500 for free with no cases.  I suspect that it's a bit like running a
printing press where once you get the machine fired up to run it cranks out
1000 before you can even turn it back off.

Allen Rendel

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Sent: Thursday, August 17, 2006 5:59 PM
To: stacey graham
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Subject: Re: [Jandek] how big is the Corwood universe?

Irwin Chusid stated that Corwood had printed a thousand copies of
'Ready for the House', and if you've seen a stack of a thousand LPs,
it takes up a fair bit of space, so he did 'have to move them'.

These days, I believe that the minimum viable order of a glass
mastered CD is 300, and I assume a DVD is the same. However, mail
order isn't the only market and there are plenty of record shops,
both physical and online, who carry the Corwood output - I bought all
of mine in Mystery Train in Amherst MA.

So at a wild guess, the initial run of the last CDs and the reissues
is at least 1000. I don't know about the cost of a DVD but a minimum
of 500 would be believable.


On 17 Aug 2006, at 20:21, stacey graham wrote:

> Not that it matters at all, especially in this rarified and highly
> unusual case of artistic obscurity, but has anybody ever heard or read
> or even been able to extrapolate how many copies of his releases
> Jandek sells?  I have heard some ridiculously low number of the
> original LP pressings, but that was from a long time and a different
> universe (pre-internet) ago.
> It's hard to wrap one's head around such an unquantifiable number.  I
> hope he has seen (or more probably) is now seeing some financial
> reward for the little corner of the universe that he has claimed as
> his own.
> P.S.  If there are any Minneapolis/St. Paul area free jazz fans, the
> seldom-seen documentary "My Name Is Albert Ayler" is playing Saturday
> 8/19 at the Riverview Theater as part of the Sound Unseen festival.
> --
> Stacey Graham
> Minneapolis  MN  USA
> http://aflowercallednowhere.blogspot.com
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