I Need That Record! The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store
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Toller's film is a tour-de-force, instructing without being didactic, plucking the heart strings without being maudlin, and presenting the burgeoning crisis in music retail as a palatable, human story. --Ben Richardson, San Francisco Bay Bridged
I Need That Record! has taken a snapshot of the downward spiral of the music retail business as sales hit an all time low and offers us a look at the heartbreak and frustration that comes along with the world of iTunes, corporate radio, and chain stores. --Jason Schueppert, Ghettoblaster Magazine
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Brendan Toller's engaging essay-film is a direct response to an unexpected extinction event of the past decade: 3,000 independent record stores have closed down in the USA alone.
By launching a two-pronged attack on the problem - meeting record store employees and customers in situ, and analysing the backstory of the wholesale restructuring of the American music industry since the 1980s - he manages to provide a rounded and quietly impassioned elegy for the kind of self-supporting yet fragile communities which independent stores bring into being.
Along the way, Toller interviews various leftfield rock icons, including Fugazi/Dischord's Ian Mackaye (brutally realistic), Thurston Moore and Chris Frantz (genially articulate), Mike Watt (incoherent), Legs McNeil (cynical) and Glenn Branca (cantankerous). Lenny Kaye explains how he actually met Patti Smith while they were both browsing in their local indie record booth, and there's the unspoken reminder of how many groups have formed through in-store notices.
But the real heroes and heroines of the story are the store owners and staff, who are painted as tireless Canutes, embattled against an oceanic sea-change in the business of selling entertainment. He begins at Record Express, the Connecticut neighbourhood record emporium that Toller used to frequent. Owner Ian is clearing his racks and sweeping up, forced out due to rent hikes and dwindling business, as he explains over choked-back tears.Read more ›
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spot on review of how to see each CD in music industry words I work to music and your few years ago said she'd go Oakleys little indie labels will bring it backPublished 22 months ago by john
This movie is a pretentious load of patronizing piddle and poppycock. You have got to be kidding me. Read morePublished on January 14, 2011 by David Chris Dalton
I don't know about you, but in recent years I have become addicted to collecting vinyl records. And the reason is simple: some of the music that was recorded on vinyl will never... Read morePublished on December 6, 2010 by Carlos E. Velasquez
Ive been a guitarist and a music listener for more years then I can remember.This is a very,very good look at what is happening to all the small indi stores. Read morePublished on December 2, 2010 by Edwin