Stephen started writing about music as a young teenager in Los Angeles. He has reviewed and interviewed many recording artists, including Joni Mitchell, Electric Light Orchestra, Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Jean-Luc Ponty, Blood Sweat & Tears, Richard Pryor, The Who, Melanie, Ravi Shankar, Pere Ubu, B.B. King, Judy Collins, Dave Van Ronk, Pentangle, The Band, Giant Sand, Richie Havens and Tim Buckley.
Since his university days he has been publisher and editor of numerous publications based in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Musician’s News, City Arts Monthly, Key This Week San Francisco, Rolling Your Own, Entertainment News and SF Live.
Stephen was a Contributing Writer for Alternative Press for ten years, writing features and reviews on bands and musicians ranging from Apples in Stereo to Zuzu’s Petals. He has contributed on a free-lance basis to many other publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Marin Independent Journal, New Times, Antique Trader, Sunset, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, San Francisco Focus and Electronic Musician, among others.
His record company, Amorous Records, released records and promoted gigs throughout California for the new wave bands Silhouette, House of Pants and Times Beach.
In addition to his appraisal assignments, Stephen continues to be a major collector of records and music paraphernalia, owning tens of thousands of LPs, CDs, 45s, photographs, magazines, and other memorabilia. His collection has been used as an archival resource for many organizations, including Rhino Records, Sundazed, Ace (U.K.), and MCA Records.
He was a major contributor of posters and flyers for the publication of the popular book, The Art of Rock (Abbeville Press). Photographs from his archive are featured in the noted series of books by Paul Williams about Bob Dylan’s performing career.
He is a consultant to Jerry Osborne’s Rockin’ Records price guides.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
Stephen’s knowledge of the cultural importance of music memorabilia
is unparalleled, and there are few I would trust more in the assessment
of the monetary value of any music-related item.
Much of this expertise is drawn from his own extensive collection
of paper and vinyl, which is one of the most eye-opening in the
United States. Therefore there is a lifetime of accumulated working
knowledge in any appraisal one might have him conduct.
Music Historian and Archivist
Ace Records (U.K.)
Stephen was a pleasure to work with. He gave an accurate estimate
of both the cost of his appraisal and the time he would take to complete
the job. He is professional, prompt, thorough and competitive regarding
his pricing and his turnaround times. I highly recommend him.
Holly Freyre, M.B.A. ’10
Executive Director, Advancement
Associate Dean for Development
Frost School of Music, University of Miami
It is a pleasure to contract with a specialized consultant who is as
knowledgeable and qualified as Stephen Braitman. Furthermore, he is
practical in suggesting what needs to be appraised and options on the
best means by those objects might be appraised.
Kathryn Wilen Hobart
Hobart Associates, Inc.
Stephen M.H. Braitman is the man to go to for certified appraisals
and evaluations for your old records and music memorabilia. Not only
did he tell me what my records were worth, he gave me a great deal of
information about them so I knew why they were worth that amount.
Extremely resourceful and knowledgeable with a modest turn-around
timeframe, there is no one else you should have to go to.