Ghosts of Record Stores Past and Present

Much of my youth was spent hunting for and playing vinyl. I have created this site to remember many of the stores I've visited. Don't try and visit them without calling first, as many of them are no longer with us. If I've posted a picture of a store that you want me to delete please let me know and I'll take it down. To see a particular store just open the photo album with its name on it or click on the green (open) or red (closed) marker in the map below. Expanding the map will reveal more stores in the same city.

The site also contains links to interesting articles and information on record shops and record collecting and fine musical suggestions and playlists for your listening pleasure (with You Tube links so you can check them out for yourself). The Playlists can be found by scrolling to a separate section of the index under the heading musical resources. And our latest addition, Song of the Day, a glimpse at what's playing on my stereo today, appears there as well.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Rockit Scientist Records

Rockit Scientist  Records East Village New York City
   Closed - 33 St. Marks Place, East Village New York City  10003

Ah back in the day.  You could spend the whole day on St. Marks Place looking at records.  Sounds, Venus, Rockit Scientist and round the corner Vinyl Finyl and See Hear.  I always had good luck in the outdoor bins here - the inside was not as large as the others, so he supplemented his space with outdoor bins.  Got all my Ramones records here and many more.

Rockit Scientist Record Store East Village New York City


A story titled A Charmed Kingdom Where Songs Hold Sway was published in the NY Times on April 20, 2003, which described the Rockit Scientist when it was located on Carmine street.

Another article appeared in Jerimiah's Vanishing New York which described the store and its then impending closure.

And here's an article from the Village Voice in 2009 The Top 10 Records Sold At Rockit Scientist Records On St. Marks which lists the top 10 records sold in July 2009.

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