Apparently, people like to buy things and then post photos of what they've bought on something called Facebook. People then receive positive affirmation about their shopping decisions when people "like" the photos. (People really shouldn't get too chuffed about it because I've heard of people "liking" photos of child starvation, brutal crimes, freakish diseases and torture as well.)
I still suspect that shopping fills a void that spiritual things did once upon a time. Having said all that, is there anyone who wants to shop Van Morrison? Below is my shopping guide (and I’m the least qualified person to be advising you):
There are always 7000 or so items listed on ebay using the search terms “Van Morrison” and “World”. I notice that among the usual CDs, records, books and magazines one can buy ticket stubs, t-shirts, signed items, clippings and pieces of Van art.
How do I explain this to male readers? Etsy is the global phenomenon of handmade shopping. If someone can make it Etsy will have it. When you visit Etsy you will find that snatches of Van lyrics have been applied to every nick-knack or furniture item possible. There are clocks, ashtrays, tea towels, chairs, wall-hangings, plates, posters, jewellery, etc. Surprisingly there are also CDs, cassettes, records and t shirts for sale.
Van’s official site Van Morrison.com offers posters, t-shirts, hats and a couple of albums for sale. Van's not as merched up as The Stones but he's getting there.