Saturday April 20th is Record Store Day- a reason to celebrate the joys of listening to music, so go visit and support your local independent record shop for a day of live entertainment, free music goodies and limited edition collector’s vinyl lps and exclusive 45′s released just for Record Store Day only. As far as I know there are only four record shops left in the Monterey Bay Area - Recycled Records and Vinyl Revolution in Monterey and Streetlight Records and Meta Vinyl in Santa Cruz. To find out what’s going on this Saturday at your local shop wherever you live, go to http://www.recordstoreday.com/Home
In honor of Record Store Day, I have posted a few of my record store road trip photos taken over the years across the USA. Unfortunately, I can’t find my collection of European and Austin, Texas record shop photos. But what the heck, if you’ve seen documentary “Searching for Sugarman”, you already know that record stores, once you go inside, look pretty much the same in most western countries.
Santa Cruz, California
One of my favorite stores ever, the little record store that could – and did – Cymbaline, once located at Cedar and Union St.in Santa Cruz where Cafe Bene is located today. That’s the King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier and his brother Cleveland standing out front circa 1977/78.
Tubb’s Record Shop on Music Row in downtown Nashville.
Inside Ernest Tubb’s Record Shop. That’s Tubb playing guitar.
Third Man Records, home to Jack White, the Greenhornes and many others.
You have to ring a buzzer to get inside Third Man.
Grimey’s Records is one of Nashville’s most famous. A great place for hard to find new and used vinyl.
You seldom see stores like this anymore. Not only do the Weathers Bros sell vintage instruments, offer music lessons, there’s a small section of cds and records hidden in the back of the store.
Ecko Record’s retail store. They also produce old school gospel records under their own label. Good place to find obscure disco records.
Inside Ecko Records. Note the bulletproof glass at the cashier’s window.
Holly Springs, Mississippi
Akei Pro’s Record Shop is a classic wreck. You can buy a used bike, Volvo parts and old soda machines but inside is a treasure trove of old lps and 45s – provided you can find them. It’s a wall to wall don’t miss mess.
All photos by Eric Berg
In loving memory of Rather Ripped Records, Berkeley, CA