Record Store Days
From Vinyl to Digital and Back Again
By Gary Calamar and Phil Gallo
Before the days of digital downloads, there was the record store :
a place where music lovers could go to indulge their passion,where friendships and romances began, where bands formed, and where information was shared. It was a place that nourished the heart and soul of every music lover—a haven for creative peopleof all stripes.
Today, although fewer than three thousand record stores remain, their remarkable social and cultural impact can’t be ignored. In fact, the history of the record store—whether a hot jazz emporiumselling 78s or a psychedelic underground shop or a punk rock haven—parallels the history of recorded music itself.
The great record stores that sprang up across America reflected not only the evolution of music, but revolutions in culture as well.
Record Store Days traces the growth of an industry that became
inextricably entwined in the fabric of American life in the twentieth century. Through interviews, anecdotes, photographs, and memorabilia, the book takes us to the country’s most iconic record stores.