I Need That Record! The Death (Or Possible Survival) Of The Independent Record Store 2010 NR

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A feature documentary examining why over 3,000 independent record stores have closed across the U.S. in the past decade.

Glenn Branca, Pat Carney
1 hour, 18 minutes

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I Need That Record! The Death (Or Possible Survival) Of The Independent Record Store

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Product Details

Genres Music, Documentary
Director Brendan Toller
Starring Glenn Branca, Pat Carney
Supporting actors Noam Chomsky, Chris Frantz, Bob Gruen, Patterson Hood, Lenny Kaye, Ian MacKaye, Legs McNeil, Thurston Moore, Mike Watt
Studio MVD Entertainment
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Jessup on April 10, 2011
Format: Amazon Instant Video
I am a vinyl junkie and visit my local indy record stores every chance I get. I had really expected a lot more from the producers of this documentary about the demise of locally owned music stores. They are so incredibily passionate it was easy to get caught up in the tide of it.

However it is so sadly and pathetically one sided that it felt incomplete despite the obvious research. There was a sense that the creators cherry picked information to bolster everything they hate about corporate America...but they never interviewed a single person or group from that side to give this important documentary more nuance and context.

Furthermore the guilt for the demise of indy stores can be easily blamed on the faceless evil corporations named in this film but one of the most glaring ommissions was the so called "music fans" themselves. Interviewing angry people as a store is closing and you are filming was a little transparent and manipulative. There should have been interviews with so called music fans to find out WHY they shop at the big box stores or download songs illegally and they should have been asked how they could reconcile doing that at the peril of the indies. The corporations are not the only guilty party in this devastating scenario.

This film only scratched the upper surface of the issue and it will be good as a discussion STARTER but it could have been so much better if the producers would have set aside their obvious bias and really presented a more well rounded and balanced view on the business of music.
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