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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402772327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402772320
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 8.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gary Calamar, president of Go Music, is a Grammy-nominated producer and music supervisor for his work on Six Feet Under. He is currently overseeing the music on some of the most acclaimed and popular shows on television: True Blood, House and Dexter. Phil Gallo has been a music journalist and entertainment editor for 25 years. He has also appeared on CNN and the BBC to talk about issues in the music industry.

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Going to look for the newest and coolest releases of everyone's favorite music, whatever that might be.
Steven R.
It's also a good size (thick, but not the size of a record on its face) and full of great looking sidebars and photos.
Scott Woods
Being turned on to great music you've never heard of is what the best record stores were and are all about.
K. Swanson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
As a record collector and someone who loved spending hours in record stores, back when record stores were cool, picking up this book was a no brainer. Unfortunately, the actual product is a mixed bag. There are tons of old photos of record stores mostly now passed on, and those are good to great--especially the pics of stores that you know personally.

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.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Wild Bill Jones on March 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you are a vinyl freak, or a shellac freak, you probably need this book. Vintage photos of places like Sam Goody's, Jazz Man in L.A., Commodore in NYC, Amoeba, the original Tower, pictures of ads, memorabilia, and lots of other sick folks just like yourself, browsing through the racks.... It's really too much fun. I only give it four stars because of a number of tiny, fishbone-size mistakes I found here and there, and the format, which is a little confusing. But it's not a fatal mistake -- most good record stores are a little confusing too. And like a good record store, this book is crammed with stuff..... Damn, this book is fun. More than worth the money.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gwenn Carter on April 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'd be surprised if anyone who isn't interested in music would want this book, but what do they want, anyway? more t.v/games/porn? let them have it! Reading this book made me wish I could go to Moby Disc right now, and have the clerks snarl at me as I buy, with trembling hands, something goofy and life-affirming like the last Jam single (from "running in place"-the eps don't count!) or whatever Tosh told me to buy. But now that I'm old, the clerks wouldn't snarl! They might even cut me a deal, if I buy enough, or give me way too much credit for the drek I trade in. This book is almost as good as going to Moby. Instead of making me sad about all that is lost, it's a tribute to everything I was too young to witness, but wish I could've, and a shot in the arm for the future. Saturday April 17th is Record Store Day-please celebrate by buying this book, before heading to your local store for some bad attitude, good advice and great music. (itunes in your underwear just isn't as cool, and it doesn't smell at all, let alone that amazing, dusty, record store smell!)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BlogOnBooks on June 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Q: How do you cram five decades into 5 minutes?

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth M. Gelwasser VINE VOICE on April 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've been collecting music for well over 30 years. Whenever, I have gone to the local music store, I feel like I'm on a quest. Sort of like Captain Kirk on his "5 year mission to seek out new life, new civilizations" or Indiana Jones on his endless quest for archaeological treasures.

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.
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