Record Store Days: From Vinyl to Digital and Back Again

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“There’s nothing as glamorous as a record store.” – Paul McCartney

In this era of digital downloads, the small, indie record shop might sound like an anachronism. But, in fact, record stores served as community centers, information exchanges, clubs, art galleries, and launching pads for numerous bands and record labels. Record Store Days takes a long, loving look back at the retail refuges that enthralled at least three generations of music lovers, providing a glimpse into the ...

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Overview

“There’s nothing as glamorous as a record store.” – Paul McCartney

In this era of digital downloads, the small, indie record shop might sound like an anachronism. But, in fact, record stores served as community centers, information exchanges, clubs, art galleries, and launching pads for numerous bands and record labels. Record Store Days takes a long, loving look back at the retail refuges that enthralled at least three generations of music lovers, providing a glimpse into the special alchemy that makes a great record store. Written and compiled by two record store veterans, this lively and nostalgic anthology includes photographs and reminiscences from musicians, music industry executives, former record store clerks, and, of course, avid fans.

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Calamar (president, Go Music) and music journalist Gallo, both passionate fans and industry veterans, take a nostalgic look back at the history of record stores and what makes them distinctive. Packed with quotes from musicians, shop owners, and fans, this volume is a treat for readers, with its inside look at the importance of vinyl in people's lives throughout the 20th century. Major vinyl shops such as Tower Records, Rhino Records, and Bleecker Bob's are profiled. Nearly every page is graced with vintage photographs and interesting sidebars filled with facts, from the format history of recorded music over the century to vinyl oddities. The authors stress the importance of record stores as community meeting places and discuss the demise of the record industry, the rise of digital music, and the comeback of vinyl thanks to bands releasing limited-edition vinyl singles. VERDICT An essential book that both educates and entertains. For music industry history buffs, nostalgic baby boomers, and younger DJs and music nerds.—Troy Reed, Southeast Regional Lib., Gilbert, AZ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402794551
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 618,152
  • Product dimensions: 8.15 (w) x 7.92 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Calamar, president of Go Music, is a Grammy-nominated producer and music supervisor for his work on HBO's Six Feet Under. He is currently overseeing the music on some of the most acclaimed and popular shows on television: True Blood (HBO), House (Fox), and Dexter (Showtime). Gary has also chosen the songs for the films Varsity Blues, for which he received a gold record, Slums of Beverly Hills, and After the Sunset. He was recently featured in the Los Angeles Times.

 

Phil Gallo has been a music journalist and entertainment editor for 25 years, most recently overseeing music news and reviews for Daily Variety and Variety. He has written for publications including the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, and Daily News Los Angeles.  He also contributes to the websites The Wrap and LiveDaily. Gallo has appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, 20/20, CNN, Headline News, and the BBC to talk about issues in the music industry.

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