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.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

See Hear Fanzines East Village New York

See Hear - Fanzines - 59 East 7th East Village NYC

    Long Gone.  While not a record store, it sold fanzines - such as Not Fade Away, 99th Floor, Here 'Tis, and Breakthrough, which were written by fans who touted their favorites, which introduced you to records, belongs here.  Before the Internet, this was the vehicle of choice for those who wanted to add their voices to aid others in discovering new (to you) music.  These zines were often quite well written, with interviews of the bands they discussed.  It was in the basement below grade when I went there.

See Hear - East Village NYC - Store Front

Here's a link to a You Tube video titled See Hear - A Quick Look Around circa 2001 which gives you a video tour of the store.

And here's an article titled Some Rock History Fanzines You Might Have Missed that describe some of the fanzines you could have bought in the store back in the day.  I bought many of these, including Breakthrough, Here Tis and Ugly Things, but the best was Not Fade Away.  This covered Texas garage/punk from the 60s and had great interviews with band members.  These were great sources to discover music you didn't know, by people who were willing to point you in the right direction.  By the way, if you are interested in that genre, try and lay your hands on Journey to Tyme, (a discography and interpretive guide to Texas 1960s Punk/Psychedelia) by David Shutt which gives a 1 to 4 star rating on 127 pages of Texas 60s garage / punk / psych records.  It's ratings are spot on, and can be relied on with confidence.

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