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The NYC record store that Lennon and Bowie loved | New York Post

The NYC record store that Lennon and Bowie loved | New York Post

The NYC record store that Lennon and Bowie loved | New York Post
April 22
09:38 2017

There’s no shame in holding on to your old records and busted-up record player anymore — the vinyl revival hit new heights last year. In the US in 2016, vinyl sales rose 26 percent from the year before.Saturday will see another spike with the 10th annual Record Store Day, created to highlight indie music stores. Hundreds of special pressings for the event will hit stores (Elton John’s “17-11-70” live album gets a rerelease with added tracks; look for Prince specials and more). Whether you’re searching for rarities or just seeking out new crate-digging spots, here’s our minidirectory of places to hit for the best wax — and the best music wisdom in New York City.More On:vinylPly Gem will likely hang around for a little while longerRetro trend sweeping tech industry as CES turns 50These vinyl record ‘float’ players bring retro to the futureThis currency can actually be used to play vinyl records Rockabilly and garage rock roots Norton Records 595 Washington Ave., Prospect Heights When husband-and-wife team Billy Miller and Miriam Linna founded Norton Records in 1986, the idea was to simply release obscure rockabilly and rock ’n’ roll music from forgotten artists such as Hasil Adkins, Link Wray and more. But after Hurricane Sandy nearly sank the label, destroying their Red Hook warehouse, they opened a brick-and-mortar store in 2015. “The idea for a story came to me in a dream,” Linna tells the Post, as James Ray’s 1962 track “I’ve Got My Mind Set on You” (later a No. 1 cover from George Harrison) plays inside the Norton store. “At the time, Billy was suffering from bone marrow cancer and was an amputee due to diabetes. In my dream, Billy was behind the counter of a record store, and working in it. That’s essentially why we opened.”Sadly, Miller died in late 2016, and while Linna (who was once a drummer for the Cramps) thought about closing, friends and Norton Records fans pleaded with her to remain open.The small spot in Prospect Heights is now a must-visit destination for lovers of obscure Americana.

Source: The NYC record store that Lennon and Bowie loved | New York Post

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Martin Nethercutt

Martin Nethercutt

Martin A Nethercutt is a writer, singer, producer and loves music. Creative Director at McCartney Studios Editor-in-Chief at McCartney Times Creator-in-Chief at Geist Musik President (title) at McCartney Multimedia, Inc. Went to Albert-Schweitzer-Schule Kassel Lives in Playa del Rey From Kassel, Germany Married to Ruth McCartney

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