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Question Of The Week: Do You Collect Setlists?

Earlier this week we asked you to submit photos of the setlists you've collected over the years. We got a lot of amazing pics. Some, such as the Elliott Smith setlist from 1999, felt like rare treasures. We've added some of our favorites to the gallery below. Click the info icon or mouse over the images for captions and explanations for each one.

  • Dan Wilson at Joe's Pub (New York City, NY), Nov. 7, 2013."I'm usually going home with set lists to use as a reference for writing up concerts ... but I was recently impressed [that] Jagwar Ma had none (it was just in their heads!) Plus, now many bands are using laptops or iPads for this purpose ... I worry this is going to be a lost art/souvenir."  - Anonymous
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    Dan Wilson at Joe's Pub (New York City, NY), Nov. 7, 2013.

    "I'm usually going home with set lists to use as a reference for writing up concerts ... but I was recently impressed [that] Jagwar Ma had none (it was just in their heads!) Plus, now many bands are using laptops or iPads for this purpose ... I worry this is going to be a lost art/souvenir." - Anonymous

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  • Elliott Smith at the Sapphire Supper Club (Orlando, FL), Mar. 15, 1999.
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    Elliott Smith at the Sapphire Supper Club (Orlando, FL), Mar. 15, 1999.
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  • Sufjan Stevens at the Beachland Ballroom ("Surfjohn Stevens' Christmas Sing-A-Long Tour" - Cleveland, OH), Dec. 16, 2012.
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    Sufjan Stevens at the Beachland Ballroom ("Surfjohn Stevens' Christmas Sing-A-Long Tour" - Cleveland, OH), Dec. 16, 2012.

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  • Left: Morrissey at The Fillmore (San Francisco, CA), Sept. 26, 2007.Right: Johnny Marr at The Fillmore, Nov. 1, 2013."I'm very lucky. I work at a music venue, so I get setlists often (but only for bands I really love!)." -Dina Marie
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    Left: Morrissey at The Fillmore (San Francisco, CA), Sept. 26, 2007.
    Right: Johnny Marr at The Fillmore, Nov. 1, 2013.

    "I'm very lucky. I work at a music venue, so I get setlists often (but only for bands I really love!)." -Dina Marie

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  • Neutral Milk Hotel's first live show in 15 years; at Space 2640 (Baltimore, Maryland), Oct. 11, 2013.
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    Neutral Milk Hotel's first live show in 15 years; at Space 2640 (Baltimore, Maryland), Oct. 11, 2013.
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  • Arcade Fire at the Troubadour (Hollywood, CA), Jan. 16, 2005."It was a performance that could be described as life-changing without being hyperbolic, and I wanted a souvenir to commemorate the occasion, and have been collecting ever since." - Frank Mojica
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    Arcade Fire at the Troubadour (Hollywood, CA), Jan. 16, 2005.

    "It was a performance that could be described as life-changing without being hyperbolic, and I wanted a souvenir to commemorate the occasion, and have been collecting ever since." - Frank Mojica

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  • Brand New at the Live Music Hall (Köln, Germany), Feb. 1, 2007.Check out this massive setlist collection on reader Olf Spleen's Facebook album.
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    Brand New at the Live Music Hall (Köln, Germany), Feb. 1, 2007.

    Check out this massive setlist collection on reader Olf Spleen's Facebook album.

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  • Bon Iver at the Wilbur Theatre (Boston, MA), Dec. 12, 2008."Got it from the sound guy. Bri?" - @kevinmccaul
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    Bon Iver at the Wilbur Theatre (Boston, MA), Dec. 12, 2008.

    "Got it from the sound guy. Bri?" - @kevinmccaul
    Twitter: @kevinmccaul
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs at the House of Blues (Boston, MA), May 12, 2003."Waited years to see them, my favorite band, and had to fight off some drunk girl as she tried to grab it from me. Snagged some Y confetti as well just for fun." - ssophia
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    Yeah Yeah Yeahs at the House of Blues (Boston, MA), May 12, 2003.

    "Waited years to see them, my favorite band, and had to fight off some drunk girl as she tried to grab it from me. Snagged some Y confetti as well just for fun." - ssophia

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  • The Lone Bellow at Kean University's Enlow Hall (Union, NJ), Oct. 19, 2013."Got to meet them after the show and they signed the set list. Most people asked for [a] CD or Vinyl or poster to be signed, but when they saw I snagged a set list, they all lit up. Like they were thinking, 'Someone cared enough to take our set list, we made it.'" - M00nmaster
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    The Lone Bellow at Kean University's Enlow Hall (Union, NJ), Oct. 19, 2013.

    "Got to meet them after the show and they signed the set list. Most people asked for [a] CD or Vinyl or poster to be signed, but when they saw I snagged a set list, they all lit up. Like they were thinking, 'Someone cared enough to take our set list, we made it.'" - M00nmaster

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  • Wolf Parade at The Warsaw (Brooklyn, NY), Aug. 19, 2007."Love the nicknames (for the songs)." - @kevinmccaul
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    Wolf Parade at The Warsaw (Brooklyn, NY), Aug. 19, 2007.

    "Love the nicknames (for the songs)." - @kevinmccaul

    Twitter: @kevinmccaul
  • Randy Newman at the Sheldon Concert Hall (St. Louis, MO), May 4, 2008.
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    Randy Newman at the Sheldon Concert Hall (St. Louis, MO), May 4, 2008.

    Twitter: @PerkinsS
  • Ra Ra Riot at Funk 'n Waffles (Syracuse, NY), Mar. 4, 2008."They apparently recycled the setlist from their 3/2/08 show." - Travis B.
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    Ra Ra Riot at Funk 'n Waffles (Syracuse, NY), Mar. 4, 2008.

    "They apparently recycled the setlist from their 3/2/08 show." - Travis B.

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  • Devenda Banhart at the Bowery Ballroom (New York City, NY), Oct. 28, 2012."[He] opened for Swans on the eve of Hurricane Sandy." - @oh_starship
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    Devenda Banhart at the Bowery Ballroom (New York City, NY), Oct. 28, 2012.

    "[He] opened for Swans on the eve of Hurricane Sandy." - @oh_starship

    Twitter: @oh_starship
  • Derek Trucks Band at The Vogue (Indianapolis, IN), Sept. 8, 2008."Handwritten on a printer's test page." - @cyrilwood
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    Derek Trucks Band at The Vogue (Indianapolis, IN), Sept. 8, 2008.

    "Handwritten on a printer's test page." - @cyrilwood

    Twitter: @cyrilwood
  • The Avett Brothers at UIC Pavilion (Chicago, IL), Apr. 25, 2011.
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    The Avett Brothers at UIC Pavilion (Chicago, IL), Apr. 25, 2011.
    Twitter: @bob_davidson
  • Jason Bartell, a guitarist in Fang Island, collects set lists from bands the group tours with, and makes them into charcoal drawings. This is a drawing for a setlist from the band Like Pioneers.
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    Jason Bartell, a guitarist in Fang Island, collects set lists from bands the group tours with, and makes them into charcoal drawings. This is a drawing for a setlist from the band Like Pioneers.
    Twitter: @fangisland
  • Mazzy Star at Greenstreet's (Columbia, SC), 1990.
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    Mazzy Star at Greenstreet's (Columbia, SC), 1990.
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  • Beach House at the Variety Playhouse (Atlanta, GA), Sept. 16, 2012."[The] setlist [was] split four ways, all of them signed [by the band]." -@kevfbrownn
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    Beach House at the Variety Playhouse (Atlanta, GA), Sept. 16, 2012.

    "[The] setlist [was] split four ways, all of them signed [by the band]." -@kevfbrownn

    Twitter: @kevfbrownn
  • City and Colour at Passionkirche (Berlin, Germany), Jan. 4, 2008.Check out reader Olf Spleen's massive setlist collection on his Facebook album.
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    City and Colour at Passionkirche (Berlin, Germany), Jan. 4, 2008.

    Check out reader Olf Spleen's massive setlist collection on his Facebook album.

    Facebook: Olf Spleen
  • Broken Social Scene at the Aspen Spring Jam 2011 (Aspen, CO), Mar. 18, 2011."Amazing show, but most of the family vacationers had no clue who they were." - @shelosaurus
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    Broken Social Scene at the Aspen Spring Jam 2011 (Aspen, CO), Mar. 18, 2011.

    "Amazing show, but most of the family vacationers had no clue who they were." - @shelosaurus

    Twitter: @shelosaurus
  • Superchunk at City Plaza (Hopscotch Music Festival - Raleigh, NC), Sept. 10, 2011
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    Superchunk at City Plaza (Hopscotch Music Festival - Raleigh, NC), Sept. 10, 2011

    Twitter: @allisonhussey
  • The Lumineers at the Magic Bag (Ferndale, MI), Jun. 9, 2012."Before they were headlining festivals, [The Lumineers'] Neyla Pekarek gave me this handwritten setlist." - @taylorhornecker
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    The Lumineers at the Magic Bag (Ferndale, MI), Jun. 9, 2012.

    "Before they were headlining festivals, [The Lumineers'] Neyla Pekarek gave me this handwritten setlist." - @taylorhornecker

    Twitter: @taylorhornecker
  • Nickel Creek at the 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.), Nov. 2, 2007.
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    Nickel Creek at the 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.), Nov. 2, 2007.
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  • Spoon at the 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.), Oct. 23, 2007.
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    Spoon at the 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.), Oct. 23, 2007.
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  • Soundgarden at the Newport Music Hall (Columbus, OH), Mar. 14, 1990."They were the first band of the night. Second band was Faith No More and Voi Vod was the headliner. Tickets were $12.50. Seems like last week." - Ryan Hamler
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    Soundgarden at the Newport Music Hall (Columbus, OH), Mar. 14, 1990.

    "They were the first band of the night. Second band was Faith No More and Voi Vod was the headliner. Tickets were $12.50. Seems like last week." - Ryan Hamler

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  • Ben Folds at the University of Chicago's Mandel Hall (Chicago, IL), Mar. 1, 2008."First song they play? NOT EVEN ON THE THING. I had to write it on. Hence all the crazy numbering on the side. Nothing was in order." - Allison S.
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    Ben Folds at the University of Chicago's Mandel Hall (Chicago, IL), Mar. 1, 2008.

    "First song they play? NOT EVEN ON THE THING. I had to write it on. Hence all the crazy numbering on the side. Nothing was in order." - Allison S.

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  • Metric at the 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.), Jun. 18, 2009.
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    Metric at the 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.), Jun. 18, 2009.
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  • Tim Kasher at the Rock and Roll Hotel (Washington, D.C.), Nov. 5, 2013.
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    Tim Kasher at the Rock and Roll Hotel (Washington, D.C.), Nov. 5, 2013.
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  • The Flaming Lips at The Belmont (South by Southwest Festival - Austin, TX), Mar. 14, 2013.
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    The Flaming Lips at The Belmont (South by Southwest Festival - Austin, TX), Mar. 14, 2013.
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  • Bright Eyes at 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.), Jan. 29, 2005. This was the headliner for our first-ever live concert webcast.
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    Bright Eyes at 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.), Jan. 29, 2005. This was the headliner for our first-ever live concert webcast.
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  • Coco Rosie at the 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.), Jan. 29, 2005. They followed Tilly And The Wall in our first live concert webcast.
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    Coco Rosie at the 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.), Jan. 29, 2005. They followed Tilly And The Wall in our first live concert webcast.
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  • Wilco at the Tiny Desk, Oct. 17, 2011.
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    Wilco at the Tiny Desk, Oct. 17, 2011.
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  • Olivia Tremor Control at the Bottom Lounge (Chicago, IL), Oct. 27, 2008.
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    Olivia Tremor Control at the Bottom Lounge (Chicago, IL), Oct. 27, 2008.
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  • Lou Reed at the 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.), Apr. 23, 2008.
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    Lou Reed at the 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.), Apr. 23, 2008.
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  • St. Vincent at the 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.), Nov. 1, 2011.
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    St. Vincent at the 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.), Nov. 1, 2011.
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  • Tilly And The Wall at the 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.), Jan. 29, 2005. This one, scribbled on a paper plate, was from the very first live webcast we ever did.
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    Tilly And The Wall at the 9:30 Club (Washington, D.C.), Jan. 29, 2005. This one, scribbled on a paper plate, was from the very first live webcast we ever did.
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I see the setlist grabbers every time I go to a show, often standing at the lip of the stage. They're usually one of the first fans in the club, or maybe just good at being sneaky (or pushy). But when the show is over they reach for that memento, that paper stuck to the stage floor or on a guitar amp, and have the setlist. I and other members of the NPR Music team are certainly guilty of this. In fact, here are some of the ones we've nabbed over the years:

It's a beautiful moment really, one that works best when there's direct contact and the artist actually hands their setlist to a fan. Grabbing a setlist is one of the most personal ways of remembering a special show, short of sleeping with the band (not that I remember ever doing that).

The best setlists are hand-written, not typed. And they're filled with a shorthand of sorts, like "Trying 2" for Wilco's "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart." Long song titles may be boiled down to one word or some inside joke. Sometime they'll note key signatures or have other handmade doodles, or they'll have little notes about the style of each song, such as "slow," "fast," "rock," "ballad," offering a glimpse into the thinking behind their shows.

So we were wondering: Are you a setlist hunter? Do you hone in on the stage at the end of the night to grab that coveted piece of paper? If so, we want to see them. Take a picture of your favorite setlists and post them in the comments section. (Just click the little photo icon in the lower left corner of the comment box). You can also tweet them to us at @allsongs. Be sure to tell us who the band is, and where and when the show was. If you'd like, you can also tell us how old you were when you saw the concert and why you grabbed the setlist. At the end of the week we'll add some of our favorites to our gallery.

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