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Re: [ARSCLIST] Other memorable record stores
The result of this thread (maybe its intention, I don't know; I joined it
late) is that I have sunk into a profound funk. I keep saying to myself, "So
many shops - all gone now". When I got to New York City in 1963 to go to
college (yes, I was 3, of course), I fell across 8th Street and felt as I
had died and gone to heaven. Here were three - count 'em! - record shops on
this one block. There was Discophile, of course, the king of them all, but
there was also the Village Music Shop a bit farther west, then, on the north
side of the street was another store whose name I have forgotten. Then, on
the corner of 42nd Street and 5th Avenue were both Record Hunter and Record
Center. Of course, all up and down 4th Avenue were the used book (and
record) shops, where one could go and disappear for hours without a trace.
Between Will Lerner, Franz Jolowicz and Julian Moses, there was an entire
education to be had just walking in to their establishments.
So, tell me, are we better off now with our huge record emporia?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
> On Behalf Of Thomas Stern
> Sent: Friday, December 09, 2005 3:28 PM
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Other memorable record stores
> NYC in the 60's had a shop on Broadway around 12th st - can't remember
> the name - incredible cutouts including Riverside.
> A shop on 6th or 7th avenue run by Ernie LeMire had seemingly miles78rpm
> albums in a tiny shop and basement.
> S.Klein had really inexpensive lp's from Stinson (the green jackets with
> the cover slicks pasted on, sometimes with the 10" notes inside)
> In the UK late 1980's I always found interesting lp's at Potter's Music
> in Richmond, Dobell's in London, and Caruso & Co (78s also)
> San Francisco had Sea of Records, closed late 70's or early 80's
> Discount Records (part of the cbs chain) in Scarsdale NY was run by one
> of the ex A&R men from Musicraft - I think he did the Sarah Vaughan
> sessions??????? long gone (as is the chain, which I think was used by
> Columbia for market research)
> Still around is Village Music in Mill Valley California (just over the
> bridge). Incredible collection of lp's all musical areas,
> Down Home Music in El Cerrito (north of Berkeley) owned by Chris
> Strachwitz's Arhoolie has wonderful world wide roots music cd's and some
> Best wishes, Thomas.