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Record Store Days: From Vinyl to Digital and Back Again Hardcover – April 6, 2010
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I don't think there's enough of a narrative, however, to really make this a must purchase. I guess it's more a coffee table book than anything else. And perhaps that's all it wants to be.
It made me smile, but I wouldn't call it essential.
In my case, its to find that special sound. I think for music collectors, there is something special about finding, what I call the X-factor sound. You know, that next great musical recording, thats going to blow your mind and become something important in your life. Sometimes the search for that sound can be almost as satisfying as actually finding it. For many this has lead to spending countless hours in record stores. I think everyone, who is in anyway dedicated to collecting music has tucked into their memory, that special record store that in some way is important to them.
Thats' why the small coffee table book, "Record Store Days: From Vinyl to Digital and Back Again" by Garry Calamar and Phil Gallo is such a treat. It is a detailed look at those special places, where music collectors haunt. It gives a detailed, well written history of the record shop industry. This includes both the major chains (Tower Records, Sam Goody's Etc.) as well as some of the more famous Independant shops (Bleeker Bob's, Amoeba). But more important this book emphasizes and talks about the atmosphere and community feeling, that any good record store fosters. This is a relaxed atmosphere, where you can just zone-out, search through the stacks of music for hours or just shoot the breeze and talk music with the owner, store staff or other customers. You can't get that doing a download on your home computer.Read more ›
A: Take a stroll from LA's Hollywood and Vine (former home of 60's pioneer record retailer Wallach's Music City) to Sunset and Cahuenga (the location of powerhouse indy record retailer Amoeba Music.)
This is exactly what authors Gary Calamar and Phil Gallo have done with their new book, `Record Store Days.'
Published in honor of (and cooperation with) the recently created `Record Store Day' - a day designated to bring attention and luster to the remaining stores that specialize in the lost art of recorded music retailing - the duo's volume is a celebration of everything that used to be great about buying music - in its physical form - at retail outlets around the country.
Many fret that gone are the days of holding vinyl (or cassettes or even CDs) in one's hands while exploring every photo, detail and liner note that made up the music releases of yore. And while these two address the overhyped resurgence of the vinyl album (from 1% to 2% of the market), their real mission is to capture the essence of just what the record shopping experience was like from the 50's to the late 90's. From stores like Wallach's and the early Sam Goody's, to 70's chains like Tower and Licorice Pizza (where this writer spent several years behind the counter) to regional beacons like Chicago's Wax Trax, Austin's Waterloo Records and New England's Newbury Comics, Calamar and Gallo cover absolutely every
aspect of the experience.
From in-stores to bootlegs, picture discs to promo merch, `Record Store Days' captures the same exact gena-se-qua that one uniquely felt inside the hallowed walls of these musical emporiums.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book and review of the days of record stores. . when purchasing music was fun. You will treasure this handsomely bound book which is sure to become an heirloom in your... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Wesley Horton
Record Store Days was a Christmas gift--I've received pretty good reports so far--Thanks , JoePublished 4 months ago by Joe Bullock
While this book is interesting reading it's value is minimal due to the limited scope of it's examination of record shops past and present. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Charles H. Levenson
"Immersing yourself in the environment of a real record store where music is celebrated and cherished adds real value to the experience of buying music. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Paul Tognetti
An interesting overview of the "good ole' days" , especially for those of a "certain age", though I must confess, I first
learned of this book from my... Read more
Anyone who is a collector of vinyl needs to have this in their collection. The book goes over everything about the record shop from the beginning to the present. Read morePublished 24 months ago by foto92