I have been writing "The Record Shop" for five years. Originally conceptualized as a comic, in the spirit of American Splendor, where I would write vignettes based on my experience working in a small record shop and handing it over to a great artist.
In a lot of ways, used record stores are like the perfect combination of museum and gift shop, a place where you can actually take home the artifacts. Maybe that experience is one reason that vinyl is culturally relevant again.
on Friday, November 23 a whole bunch of records are going to come out, and I'm going to buy some of them. Record Store Day and all its appendages remain worthy of our attention, and quite possibly our dollars too.
And so ensued the ethical debate: support The Strand and pay a whopping $10 more for the book, or save the $10 and order the same book online, further hastening the imminent demise of great bookstores like the very one I was standing in?