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AUTOGRAPH COLLECTORS PLEASE READ



This does not apply to any of my reg­ular vis­i­tors, you know that…
xxG

A few weeks ago I received what appeared to be a very sweet and gen­uine letter from a 14 year old boy in Liverpool asking for my auto­graph. As this doesn’t happen very often and I was sup­pos­edly an ‘inspi­ra­tion’ to him, I sent him a signed copy of my book.
I have since found out that Robert Swale is a lying scumbag auto­graph hunter out to profit from my gulli­bility, and sur­prise sur­prise, all of a sudden loads of people want my auto­graph because you’re such big fans. To those of you who are gen­uine then I apol­o­gise, but the rest of you can sod off you lying under­hand par­a­sites.

20 comments

  1. Martyn - June 18, 2008 1:29 PM

    Hi Guy,

    As a scouser, I have to apologise for the behaviour of the Swale person. It only takes one person to give a group of people a bad name, and we could do without that lying piece of scum giving us all a bad name.

    I hope this doesn’t alter your opinion of people from Liverpool, or your opinion of people in general.

    Martyn

  2. Nate - June 18, 2008 1:46 PM

    I would never part with my copy of your book that you signed for me at last years Chelsea Festival. I presume Autographs are worth slightly less if they are dedicated to someone specific?
    I view the people that appear with their record bags at any Gilmour outing with equal suspicion I’m afraid.
    I had the perfect opportunity to ask Storm to sign my Atom Heart Mother CD and Black Strat book on Sunday evening but decided against it as I felt that he had probably signed enough times that evening.

  3. Paul Sexton - June 18, 2008 8:04 PM

    Guy, You signed my book at The Underbelly last year and its not for sale at any price!!!…you still on the cigs????
    Cheers
    Paul

  4. Bas - June 18, 2008 8:55 PM

    Shit I forgot to ask a autograph last sunday I always forget to carry any books or lp with me silly me you right those MF spoil it for the genuine fans anyway I don’t want an autograph I didn’t get myself
    you looked like you had a rough weekend anyway hahahaha
    shame you missed the gig sunday was a really unique gig
    hope to see you live again soon
    Cheers

  5. Phoenix - June 18, 2008 11:35 PM

    I hate when people do stuff like this. Someone did something similar to one of my favorite comic book artists at a convention I was attending… only they had the gall to do it to his face and to bring in a mentally-impaired person with them to say that the mountain of comics they brought were all his and not the other bloke’s.

    Thanks for signing my copy of the book at the Odeon and your generosity on Gabrielle’s behalf last year (oh, the look on her face…) 😀

    Luv,
    Nix.

  6. Karen - June 19, 2008 9:45 AM

    Hello Mr Pratt, thank you for making an effort for those of us who are genuinely interested, and I can say my signed book is very much a prized procession and I do truly appreciate everything you have done for me.

  7. Caroline - June 19, 2008 4:43 PM

    I too hate to hear about these kinds of stories. Reminds me all too much of when I used to be a HUGE ice hockey collector, and would therefore go out to events (hosted by the Carolina Hurricanes since I lived in Raleigh, NC at the time) for autographs…you could spot the ‘scumbags’, as you aptly dubbed them Guy, from a mile away. The ‘scumbags’ were the ones who didn’t have only one item per player, as the rules said you should only bring, but anywhere from five to ten to even fifteen or twenty items!! Almost thankfully, these money grubbing types were turned away from player tables, but unfortunately every now and then, one would somehow get through… *sighs*

    Another set of ‘scumbags’ from the hockey/sports (and really, the general) world worth mentioning are those at events like celebrity golf tournaments. Those do not have the ‘one item’ rules, because they would be difficult to enforce given that how autographs are distributed and you can only have so many volunteers at these ‘tournaments’…once a celeb player finishes a hole, they have to approach their ‘audience’ and sign as many autos as time allows. Based on the two tourneys I attended, I really wish there was a way to enforce ‘one/two item’ rules…because I saw way, WAY TOO MANY people who would bring tons of items, and stay in a celeb’s audience for all eightteen holes, and bring a different item per hole in hopes that the celeb would sign it and not recognize that it was the same person handing them different items. It seriously made me sick to my stomach to see such crimes going on…

    …Which leads me to say that my not wanting to be lumped with such people is why I eventually got out of the ice hockey collecting world. It wouldn’t have been ‘eventually’ if it were not for the fact that having been a little younger and not as wiser then, I never really thought about what an overall dirty hobby sports collecting can be until my eyes were opened. And even though I have a few autos I paid for then, I feel rather ashamed of them nowadays knowing that the money most likely went to the types I just got through describing and have been ranting about. So therefore, I have vowed that if I am to ever pay for an auto, it will only be if 100% of the money goes to charity…though, I may still remain wary of sellers claiming to do that, because how are we to seriously know? That said, when and if I ever decide to sell most of my hockey collection, I’m going to see to it that an overwhelming majority of the money I make from that, if not all of it, will go to charity or some kind of good cause, because it is very much THE right thing to do after all I have witnessed.

    In closing, I not only apologize for yet another long-winded post (can you tell that I have dreamt plenty a time of being a writer? 😉 ), but also have to say it’s quite the coincidence that you posted about autographs because I was getting ready to ask this week if you had ever sent out the autograph I asked for back in February. I worry that the post office here or somewhere in the US of A ate it. *sighs* If I had ever gotten it, I wouldn’t have not only not entered the naming contest for your show, but also would certainly never part with it for all of the money in the world. And I mean that as not only someone who tries their best to be a good fan, Floydian, and Randall and Hopkirk zealot (while I’m at it, other autographs I would never part with for all of the money in the world are the ones I got from Mr. Kenneth Cope and Ms. Annette Andre, my very first and only ones I’ve ever gotten via sending fan letters thus far…and it’s THE way to get autographs, because for the genuine fans like me, there is nothing like the thrill of knowing a person who has entertained and/or enthralled you has taken the time to read your letter and send back proof of that) but also someone who considers herself a friend of yours, albeit a distant one.

    As the others have said, I hope the incident doesn’t change your opinion of people in general. But also, after such an incident and all about which I’ve carried on, I can certainly understand your being a bit more wary of giving out your autograph.

    – Caroline

  8. ayako - June 20, 2008 4:20 AM

    How awful…
    I have to admit that whenever possible, I try to get autographs from artists I truly like, just for my personal collection and as mementos of wonderful times.
    Like Caroline and others have said, I also hope the ‘scumbag’ doesn’t spoil it for true fans… I still show off and brag about the personalized authographed copy of ‘My Bass and Other Animals’ which you, Guy, so graciously gave away during the limmerick contest at dg.com blog. Once again, thanks!
    Cheers!
    ayako

  9. Thomas Robinson - June 22, 2008 12:20 PM

    Some people will do anything to get what they want but to pretend to be a 14 year old kid to pull on your heart strings is really low.

    I’d just like to say that about a month ago i did jokingly send you a poke prat asking for your autograph but i was only kidding. Autographs don’t really mean much if you just ‘send off’ for one. Surely they are only meaningful when you are with the person when they sign it? Clearly Robert Swale disagrees.

    Can i just ask, am i the only person here that hasn’t got a signed copy of My Bass and Other Animals? 🙂 It looks like an un-signed copy might be rarer than a signed copy!

    As its Glastonbury next week and there is a lot of BBC coverage planned do you know if any of your show will be shown Guy?

    Cheers
    Thomas

  10. Phoenix - June 22, 2008 7:30 PM

    ‘Rare unsigned copy’ is a joke Guy made to me at the Odeon last year when I waved my copy up at him on the balcony. It has since been duly ‘defaced’ and retains prize placing on my bookshelf, only removed to re-read. It even gets dusted. 😀

  11. Ed Lopez - June 23, 2008 9:46 PM

    Hey Guy,

    The situation you described, related to an autograph request is quite disappointing. As someone who has a few things autographed by you and other members of Floyd, I have to say that there are those of us who truly cherish having a copy of a record or book signed by those who created or were involved in the creation of the item. I hope this doesn’t sour your experience completely and that some of us can still get an autograph now and then. We’re talking about the music and stories that helped shape and form our musical tastes and sometimes other aspects of our lives!

    I will say this, and I think many other fans and friends who contribute to your blog will agree: we would never buy an autograph from someone like the individual you mentioned. What true fan would acquire an autograph without acquiring a story – a story of meeting the artist whose autograph is emblazoned on the item?

    My intent in collecting autographs is so someday, when my kids begin to discover the same bands I liked, I can pull a book or CD off the shelf and show then that at one point I was able to tell the artist how appreciated his or her music was and to relate a story of a question or two that I was able to ask that artist in person about their work.

    Let’s hope as fans we all protect the sincere interest we have in an autograph over the interest of folks like the one you mention. We need to refrain from rewarding these folks by buying their stuff on eBay.

    For each autograph I’ve acquired, I have a great story on how I got to meet the artist – sometimes it’s simply about the sacrifice it took to make it to a particular gig, for example. The last time I had something autographed by you it was outside the Groucho Club after David Gilmour’s DVD premier in London. I had flown all the way from Utah for that gig!

    Ed

  12. Justin Bousquet - July 16, 2008 1:53 AM

    I don’t ever leave comments but, this made me sick! I hate that there are some people out in this world that would do such a thing. Don’t lie and tell a man that he changed your life when you could care less. It sucks that some people ruin it for all of us true fans! Guy Pratt certainly changed me life, no doubt about it! Thank Guy for trying to do what you thought was right and thank you for being my musical inspiration!

    Take Care
    -Justin Bousquet

    p.s. bring your My Bass and Other Animals Show to the USA, I want to get the full experience!

  13. Mondo - July 23, 2008 8:09 PM

    What a wanker!

    Sorry to hear you was duped Guy. Must have been really deflating to find out the person ripped you off. 🙁

    I can send you my autograph if it would cheer you up. You won’t get much on Ebay for it tho. hehe.

    Later Guy. Have a good rest of year.

  14. Hot Lunch - August 9, 2008 3:54 PM

    I hate those fuckers who turn up at gigs with bags of guitar boards (or whatever they’re called) expecting bands or band members (and often ones who, like me, don’t know their way around a guitar) to sign them. One of those so and so’s cost me the chance of getting Ronnie James Dio to sign a copy of ‘Live eviL’ last year.

  15. Warren Loveridge - August 24, 2008 6:54 AM

    Guy, you signed my tickets outside the RAH prior to DG’s Monday night gig there in 2006. Those tickets aren’t for sale at any price. It is part of the cherished little collection of memorabilia that I have concerning a wonderful 3 nights at the RAH. The mere thought of profiteering from your gesture absolutely sickens me to the gut. There’s something nasty, seedy and underhand about the whole idea.

    I don’t know how a super-celebrity such as yourself can ever, on-the-spot, tell the difference between a genuine fan and an autograph parasite, but I hope you never feel compelled to forsake the former on account of the latter. I certainly understand why DG doesn’t often put pen to odd bits of paper.

  16. Robert Swale - December 6, 2008 12:14 PM

    Guy,

    Please accept my sincere apologies for calling you a ‘liar’.

    I was wrong to do so and i have really learnt a lesson now.

    Yours,

    Robert

  17. Robert Swale - December 25, 2008 2:20 PM

    Just for everyone else who has seen this message, all i did was posted an image of the book onto an autograph collectors forum which included info on how i had achieved it. I have never had any intention to sell the book or cause as much trouble as i have done for Guy. All the details associated with the book have now been removed. Also, i never pretended to be anybody that i am not.

    Robert

  18. autographfanno1 - August 19, 2009 8:26 PM

    Wow, you ARE a pratt. He was a fan of you and was happy to recieve your autograph, so he posted it online to show it. It was the fault of other idiots to spam you.

  19. jennie - February 4, 2011 7:30 PM

    I have a guy pratt autograph from when you were in california in 1987 at the ritz carolton. i just want to know what it worth?

  20. domain ip - June 14, 2014 8:47 PM

    wow what a mess…it’s an autograph…don’t be so precious…without fans you would be sat at the desk next to me