RECORD STORE DAYS From Vinyl to Digital and Back Again By Gary Calamar and Phil Gallo

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“There’s nothing as glamorous as a record store.” – Paul McCartney


From Vinyl to Digital and Back Again

By Gary Calamar and Phil Gallo

Foreword by Peter Buck of R.E.M.

From the early part of the twentieth century to today, getting music into the hands of fans has had a colorful history that has largely gone untold. Chronicling the past, present, and future of the shops that have enthralled generations of music lovers, Record Store Days celebrates the special alchemy that makes a great record store.

This spring go behind the counter with fascinating first-person accounts from the store owners and clerks who have made browsing for records a national pastime for nearly 100 years. The book features more than 150 photographs and is filled with reminiscences from musicians, music industry executives, record store owners and music fans from all across America.

Record Store Days offers an insiders look at:

  • Legendary in-store performances (Nirvana, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello and many more)
  • How stores set and influence trends
  • The obsessive collectors behind the country’s top shops
  • The future of the record store, and what it takes to survive in an increasingly digital world

Tracing the growth of an industry that became inextricably entwined in the fabric of American life in the twentieth century, Record Store Days is the first book to document music history from the perspective of the people on the front lines of the music business.


Gary Calamar, president of Go Music, is a Grammy-nominated producer and music supervisor for his work on HBO’s Six Feet Under. He is currently overseeing the music on some of the most acclaimed and popular shows on television: True Blood (HBO), House (Fox), and Dexter (Showtime). Gary has also chosen the songs for the films Varsity Blues, for which he received a gold record, Slums of Beverly Hills, and After the Sunset. Gary is also a longtime DJ at public radio powerhouse KCRW (89.9 FM and in Santa Monica, CA.

Phil Gallo has been a music journalist and entertainment editor for 25 years, most recently overseeing music news and reviews for Daily Variety and Variety. He has written for publications including the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, and Daily News Los Angeles.  He also contributes to the websites The Wrap and LiveDaily. Gallo has appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, 20/20, CNN, Headline News, and the BBC  to talk about issues in the music industry.



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