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Just a Little Late for National Record Store Day …


by Jerome Weeks 4 May 2009

… which was celebrated two weeks ago, but it’s still welcome.  The Independent reports on the situation in England: It’s not all doom and gloom. For the savvy shop owners, it’s not just about the traditional set up of a shop selling CDs. Some have branched out to put on in-store gigs, drawing in a […]

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vinyl-record… which was celebrated two weeks ago, but it’s still welcome.  The Independent reports on the situation in England:

It’s not all doom and gloom. For the savvy shop owners, it’s not just about the traditional set up of a shop selling CDs. Some have branched out to put on in-store gigs, drawing in a wider client base. Others have established a record label. Of those that have already shut shop, many have continued to trade online, launching an internet store which not only their regular locals can continue to use, but so can clients all over the world. Most existing stores have opened an online store in the hope of fighting the decline and stay afloat. So there is life beyond the record shop.

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  • This is part of the directions in art that I’ve seen coming (and advocated for years.) This story was about one small aspect of music. But look for these new directions in all the arts:

    a back to basics approach that supports innovation and quality.
    less corporate
    less consolidation of big companies into a few hands, more small companies competing.
    newer venues for selling art or performance that are less corporate
    arts prices (concerts, cd’s, dvd’s theater, film) coming down.
    more art centers that cover all the arts
    less one art society art buildings (a single art museum, a single concert hall, a single film theater, etc.)
    less trendiness more honesty.
    A golden age in the arts.

    There is yet no official name for this new movement in all the arts. It’s an inchoate revolution for too much of the population to understand or grasp – though strangely enough, the provincial and backward city of Dallas is on the cutting edge!