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.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Rainbow Music

Rainbow Music East Village New York City
   130 1st Ave.  East Village, New York 10009 - still open, but not for long (when I originally posted this in January 2014).
   and now, not long has passed.  Closed

Rainbow Music Record Store East Village New York City Store Front

Its quite an experience.  Records, cds, tapes are stacked from floor to ceiling, and cover the entire floor, with the exception of a single aisle running from the entrance to the rear of the store.  No discernible order to any of the stock, the owner Bill Kasper - who goes by the nickname the Birdman -  advises he won't be there long, as the landlord has visions of bigger and more profitable things.  Give him a visit before he goes - right down the block from Kim's.

Here's a  link to the blog Messy Nessy - The Last Little Music Shop In East Village an August 23, 2013 story about the store and its owner. 

A documentary filmmaker - Jessie Auritt, made a short film of the store and its owner.  You can watch it on the Messy Nessy blog post, linked above.

And here's a September 2015 story from the Times East Villages Birdman Abandoning His Nest Of Cds And Cassettes reporting on the Rainbow Music's imminent closing.

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