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Missing Record Stores

If you didn't live in a time when there were record stores, you missed out on something very special. When I was in college, the whole area around our school was artsy and fun, and we had one of the very best record stores in the state. Their imports were just fabulous, they played the best music while you were in the store browsing through record albums and people there were so fascinating to talk to. Everyone knew someone in the music industry and you could always come away with some little story or secret about one of your favorite musicians that you would never read about in the press.

I loved finding special records that no one else ever knew about. Somehow, they could find little gems and they would keep them hidden behind the counter. But, once you got talking and if you knew the right questions to ask, these amazing pieces of music would be shown to you, and you could bring them home with you for not too much money.

Shopping for music online is just not the same at all. It's flat and uninteresting. Music stores were the best places for conversation, knowledge and hidden gems.

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GemstonePink wrote on February 26, 2015, 12:24 PM

I agree about those music stores. My brother is a master guitarist and he lived in those music stores when we were growing up.

valmnz wrote on February 26, 2015, 2:15 PM

The last of our music stores are disappearing here. Of course they're CDs now and not records.

Carmelanirel wrote on February 26, 2015, 8:14 PM

I grew up in the time of records, but in my memory we either order them to be delivered COD (Now that is something you don't see anymore) or records were bought for me for holidays. However, I think I do remember going through albums, maybe at like K-mart and I mostly bought the 45s because I couldn't afford a 33 without a job.

allen0187 wrote on February 26, 2015, 9:37 PM

I used to work in a record store. Started as a staff and then eventually worked my way up and became a store manager. Agreed with what you wrote here, the vibe in the record store is very positive.

Coffee wrote on February 27, 2015, 5:20 AM

You are absolutely spot on.
There was nothing better than finding a rare record in a store - you just don't have that anymore.

cheri wrote on March 1, 2015, 7:56 AM

I go for it as well. It is really such a wonderful experience going to the record store than downloading the music or purchasing it on line

j2jworkz wrote on March 2, 2015, 10:11 AM

We have maybe 2 record stores left in the area, much of their business is online.