In the 70s and 80s and before the big box stores took over. Record stores were everywhere in every city. Didn’t have to go far to find the latest cassette from Joe Walsh or the latest Aerosmith release on vinyl. In the early days if you wanted your favorite 45 records, cassette, vinyl, or 8-track you could find it all in one place. Don’t forget some stores double as ticket centers for concert venues. Remember CTC outlets? Printing out tickets to a Cellar Door or Brass Ring concert events.
When I was young picking up my favorite 45 records meant going to K-Mart or Korvetts. Sometimes even the upstairs department of a local Sears store. Going to a place that sold your favorite music was good for the soul. You could spend hours going up and down rows of albums. A good place to meet up with friends and share a common bond of music.
Loved to see what the record company did to promote their artist with displays that were out of this world. I remember the band, Electric Light Orchestra. a cardboard display of the album, Out of the Blue. Giant spaceship with bright lights and colors. You always thought it would be cool to take it home possibly and put it in your room. Stores would always try to outdo one another to have the best display around.
Now a list of record stores that played a big part in my childhood. Hopefully will bring back a memory or two.
5 Michigan Record stores we wish were still around