Vinyl-ly Found Nirvana
Vinyl-ly Found Nirvana
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Independent record stores were once a dying breed in Seattle and elsewhere, leaving audiophiles with many fewer choices than they had just a few years ago. But they’ve found a new lease of life of late, thanks mainly to the growth in popularity of the annual Record Store Day, celebrated last weekend.


And if you are looking for vinyl nirvana in Seattle, arguably its at one of the city’s oldest vinyl shops, Bop Street Records on 2220 NW Market Street in Ballard. Since he started selling records out of his parents’ basement in 1974, owner Dave Voorhees estimates he has bought more than 1 million records and sold more than 500,000.


According to the Wall Street Journal, “It’s one of the five best music stores in America.”  And at Bop Street – as can be seen in my gallery selection – they have hundreds of thousands of records in stock stacked floor to ceiling, covering every genre you can think of. Their inventory includes 15,000 jazz records; 2,000 blues records; 100,000 rock and pop records and 18,000 soundtracks. Then there is rockabilly, ragtime, psychedelic, new wave, punk and innumerable others.


What a fun place to visit, with all the signatures from customers on the wooden album racks and their amazing collection. And some of Voorhees’ records also hit the big-time by appearing in the John Cusack film High Fidelity (the album was Maggot Brain, by Funkadelic) as well as episodes of Northern Exposure.


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