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.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Kim's Video and Music

Kim's Video and Music  East Village, New York City
     Closed - 124 1st Ave. East Village New York

When I originally wrote this in 2013, Kim's was still open.
Last of the Mohicans, Kim's once had 5 other stores.  While it features rare and esoteric videos, it also contains a large selection of vinyl, both new and used.  A listening booth allows you to check the tunes, so long as you don't open the new ones.

Happily picked up Let's Active's Big Plans for Everybody, and the Apromus Compilation, aptly described as Swedish Garage.  Happy Hunting.

Unfortunately, it closed in 2014.  Here's a story that appeared in the Bedford Bowery The Story of Kim's Video and Music, Told By Its Clerks and Customers in August 2014, discussing the history of Kim's stores, and the closing of this last outpost. 

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