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Just ordered a copy of Record store days: From vinyl to digital and back again. (By Gary Calamar and Phil Gallo)

From the early part of the twentieth century to today, getting music into the hands of fans has had a colorful history that has largely gone untold. Chronicling the past, present, and future of the shops that have enthralled generations of music lovers, Record Store Days celebrates the special alchemy that makes a great record store.

This spring go behind the counter with fascinating first-person accounts from the store owners and clerks who have made browsing for records a national pastime for nearly 100 years. The book features more than 150 photographs and is filled with reminiscences from musicians, music industry executives, record store owners and music fans from all across America.

Record Store Days offers an insiders look at:

  • Legendary in-store performances
  • How stores set and influence trends
  • The obsessive collectors behind the country‚Äôs top shops
  • The future of the record store, and what it takes to survive in an increasingly digital world

Tracing the growth of an industry that became inextricably entwined in the fabric of American life in the twentieth century, Record Store Days is the first book to document music history from the perspective of the people on the front lines of the music business.


Just finished reading Graham Jones book Last Shop Standing – Whatever Happened to Record Shops? It’s a fun read, but quite sad too. The writer had many jobs in the music industry one of them was driving around visiting record shops to sell records. The book discribes his tour round Britain where he visits the last record shops that still exist. It’s a must read for everyone who has a heart for the record shop.

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