Great article by Jeff “Chairman” Mao from Red Bull Music Academy explores the social importance of the independent record store.
I loved the assertion that record stores act as an “interpersonal bridge.”
“But at a moment in history when the perpetuation of divisions is suffocating us, something as gravitationally organic and simple as hanging out in a shared space of music appreciation/nerdery remains one of the most vital interpersonal bridges we’ve got. ”
And I felt I had found a kindred spirit when I read – “I spend a lot of time in record stores – not just because I’m addicted to buying records, but because I relish the ritual of flipping through a bin or crate. It’s a soothing form of decompression, even when there’s nothing I necessarily want to buy. Just the comfort of seeing familiar artists, labels, sleeves and artwork conjures real life moments and associations related to the music.”
I now feel justified in just hanging out in these places and buying only every other time I’m there.