I buy a lot of books on eBay, and quite often there’s a short note scrawled out in faded pen on the books sleeve – but never have I found something as heartbreaking as this.
This is the story of how a guy bought a rare vinyl online only for it to arrive with a letter inside informing the buyer about its previous owner – and it’s pretty upsetting. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
After purchasing Superunknown, the fourth album by alternative grunge band, Soundgarden; Reddit user Muctor, found this personal and touching note inside.
The letter read:
Dear Collector —
Just in case you want to know where this record is coming from:
I’m Mark’s mother — Mark left us in 2002 — he suffered a heart attack at age 39 while running in the Oregon coastal mountains – the only consolation we have is that he died in a beautiful place doing what he loved most, running, music and of course his son, Kai (Mark was an ocean surfer) – Mark collected this music in the 80th while attending college – I would ask him on occasion when he slepped all this music home (2000 cd + over 600 vinyl LP’s!) “What do you want me to do with all this music” if something should happen to you. —— “Listen to it, Mom” he would say — well, I did listen to a few but now it is time to share them — I am doing the best I can — doing research, listing, shipping etc. — but it is a good therapy for me to see this music being shared all over the world — and the $$ from it will go toward’s Kai’s education — thank you for your support — and when you play it — play it loud for Mark!
Although the Redditor paid over a hundred dollars for the album, it looks like he got a lot more than he asked for.
I’m sure it’s what Mark would’ve wanted.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.