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The life, death, and afterlife of the record store: a global history

Arnold, G., Dougan, J., Feldman-Barrett, C. and Worley, M. ORCID:, eds. (2023) The life, death, and afterlife of the record store: a global history. Bloomsbury, London, pp304. ISBN 9781501384509

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Once conduits to new music, frequently bypassing the corporate music industry in ways now done more easily via the Internet, record stores championed the most local of economic enterprises, allowing social mobility to well up from them in unexpected ways. In this way, record stores speak volumes about our relationship to shopping, capitalism, and art. This book takes a comprehensive look at what individual record stores meant to individual people, but also what they meant to communities, to musical genres, and to society in general. What was their role in shaping social practices, aesthetic tastes, and even, loosely put, ideologies? From women and independent record stores to Reggae record shops in London to Rough Trade in Paris, this book takes on a global and interdisciplinary approach to evaluating record stores. It collects stories and memories, and facts about a variety of local stores that not only re-centers the record store as a marketplace of ideas, but also explore and celebrate a neglected personal history of many lives.

Item Type:Book
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Modern European Histories and Cultures
Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Language Text and Power
ID Code:110285

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