Anyone remember when there were so many record stores that you could bounce from one to the other, either to find exactly what you wanted or perhaps get that one album a little bit cheaper? Well, I do. Growing up in the woods in Daphne, Alabama, there was no place nearby to purchase records, so when rock and roll took off, I had a dilemma.
Fortunately, in the summer of 1957, my Mama started letting me ride the Greyhound bus to Mobile by myself to go to the movies once a week. I mowed lawns to finance these escapades, which required $5 for each trip. Expenditures were for the bus, the movies, lunch and – the pièce de résistance – my quest to find that one 45 RPM record that I couldn't live without.
My destinations on these missions were primarily Rutz Music and Jessie French. These two prominent stores sold instruments and sheet music, but, more important, they each had a record section with listening booths. Do you know how long it might take to pick out one hit single, which cost 99 cents? About two delightful hours.
I can’t believe I forgot again….
Tomorrow is National Record Store Day! As you can guess, this should be my favorite holiday right behind Christmas and Thanksgiving. Seeing as how I have hundreds of thousands of records and I buy vinyl every day on-line...what was I thinking…..or not thinking?
This is a long winded way of getting to the fact that the Museum has one of the best record stores in the mid-west. Our selection of vinyl is prodigious and includes 45s and LPs, reissues and new, picture discs, etc. And I’ll bet that a lot of you did not know that. Of course, our selection of CDs is also unparalleled in this part of the world.
All that said, I urge you to stop in tomorrow at the Museum….see some of the new exhibits that are a result of our renovation and purchase some music….in either digital (CD) or analog (records) format.
And not that you need any more incentive other than the new stuff in the Museum, let me offer up a 10% discount for all vinyl purchases*.
If I don’t see you at some of my favorite places like Blue ...
This Saturday, April 17, is Record Store Day. It’s an international celebration of the places where many generations went to pick up new releases by their favorites, discover new artists, look in wonder at covers and artwork and generally mix with a group of strangers who had the same relationship to music as you. Trying to get people to rally for a commercial concern doesn’t, at surface, seem that noble. But record stores, particularly independent record stores, are an integral component of music in our lives.
Though the internet is a wonderful communication platform, it removed for many the tactile experience of shopping for music. I don’t want to sound like an old fart, but there was, and still is, something to a planned trip to a record store. Sure, you can click a button on iTunes or Rhapsody and get a track immediately. Where’s the adventure in that? You walk in and face the rack of new releases, you troll through the used and the import bins and then you hear a song on the stores’ PA and you ask a clerk about it. (As a former record store employee, I can tell you there ...