Saturday, April 16, 2011

Happy Record Shop Day!

Remember back in the olden days, when you used to buy music in actual stores?  As a kid, I always wished I lived in an area where we had a cool independent record shop, like Reckless or Permanent Records.  Instead, I was stuck ordering all my weird indie rock CDs online, and once a year or so, heading to Chicago or Madison (home of B-Side Records) to check out actual records stores.  Now it seems like everyone purchases their music online.  I, for one, still prefer the cramped, messy record stores to the convenient but austere and sonically inferior route of purchasing digital music online.  In honor of Record Store Day, here is a few books about records and Rock n' Roll:

Record Store Days: From Vinyl to Digital and Back Again by Gary Calamar and Phil Gallo (2009).
Call #: 780.266 CAL
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An appreciation of music stores past and present, this book explores the history of record stores and their place in the community.

Wish You Were Here: An Essential Guide to Your Favorite Music Scenes- From Punk to Indie and Everything In Between by Leslie Simon (2009).
Call #: 780.66 SIM
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Sort of like a travel guide for music geeks, this books has primers on major music scenes, as well as locations to visit in the different cities profiled, including even obscure sights like the Dunkin Donuts on Clark St. in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago aka. "Punkin Donuts," supposedly a popular punk hangout since the 80s.

The Show I'll Never Forget: 50 Writers Relive Their Most Memorable Concert Going Experience (2007). 
Call #: 781.66 MAN
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Record and music geeks will probably relate to these stories about unforgettable shows.

Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984 by Simon Reynolds.
Call #:  781.66 REY
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Profiles a very cool era of music history, featuring the formation of bands like Gang of Four, Joy Division, and Talking Heads.