In rotation: 11/16/21

CBS News poll: Just a quarter of Americans own a working turntable: Though Americans have largely embraced the digital age when it comes to listening to music, a quarter of Americans still listen to vinyl records – or at least retain the ability to do so if they wish. Twenty-four percent of Americans have a working turntable that can play vinyl records. Older Americans are more likely to own a working turntable than those who are younger. Four in 10 Americans over 55 years of age own a turntable, but under the age of 45, this drops to just 13% of adults. This poll was conducted by telephone September 14-19, 2021 among a random sample of 1,006 adults nationwide. Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS News by SSRS of Glen Mills, PA. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both landline and cell phones.

Andover, UK | Three Successful Years For The Record Box: Are you a lover of vinyl records or a collector maybe? If you are then The Record Box in George Yard, off the High Street, is an Aladdin’s cave for you to browse around. Owned by Phil Nightingale, the shop has been open for three years. Phil stocks all types of music – in his words “from ABBA to Zappa” He has been a dealer of toys and collectibles for 38 years since he was 18. Previously he has had shops in both Torquay and Newbury.He started out selling only toys, moving on to records and other collectibles but these days he deals mainly in vinyl albums and singles although he does have a small selection of collectible toys for sale in the shop. It’s amazing how much stock he carries within such small premises. Phil, as you can imagine is extremely knowledgeable on the subject of music. There is nothing he enjoys more than chatting to his customers about this.

Pueblo, CO | Unwind with a beer and a book at Analogue Bar in Downtown Pueblo: When the Analogue Bar opened at 222 N. Main St., one local seemingly fearless entrepreneur officially took over half of a block of Main Street with his businesses. Mike Hartkop, who is the operating owner of the Solar Roast Coffee house at 226 N. Main, also recently opened the Analogue Books and Records store which occupies 218, 216 and 214 N. Main. The bar is nestled between the coffee and book stores. It’s an amazing full-circle accomplishment for Hartkop, 40, who was one of the first graduates from the University of Tasmania, Australia, entrepreneurship and innovation program in 2004. It is all inspired by his job at a similar coffee and music store where he worked making bagels as a 20-year-old college student. “It was the best place right downtown and it was wonderful and simply the most fun I’ve had in my whole life,” he said. “I always wanted to open a bar and a record store – something I’ve been talking about since college.”

Lancashire, UK | Record shop boss angry and upset after double burglary: A record shop was burgled twice in the space of three days and more than £6,000 worth of stock stolen. Blackburn magistrates heard the offences committed by Rafique Ricky Shaban had a financial and emotional impact on the owner of the Music Box in Nelson. In a statement he said as a small business trying to make a living the offences had hit him hard. “It has made me want to stay in the shop and confront the people responsible,” he said. “It has had more of an impact as we were trying to get back on our feet after the pandemic.” Shaban, 47, of Lime Street, Nelson, pleaded guilty to burglary at the shop on Friday and Sunday. He was remanded on bail for the preparation of a pre-sentence report. Alex Mann, prosecuting, said over 300 records were stolen in the raids, some of them high value collectables. A door was damaged on the first occasion and a window on the second.

Reykjavík, IS | Exponential Growth In Vinyl Record Sales: According to Vísir, the record business has not seen its last days yet, at least if you take a look at Plötubúðin’s sales. The record store was opened online just over a year ago, and since then it has grown so fast that the owner decided to open a shop in Hafnarfjörður. Plötubúðin serves the largest selection of vinyl records in Iceland, both used and new ones. “Vinyl record business has been growing for several years now, with the last two years being really explosive. The customer base is wide and covers all ages,” says the owner of the store, Haraldur Leví Gunnarsson. Haraldur reveals that nowadays, almost all musicians in Iceland release a vinyl record. He thinks that a possible reason behind the growing interest in vinyl records is the experience of listening to a vinyl record. “The experience is completely different. There’s nothing like the ceremony of putting a record in the player, and the quality of the sound is also much better,” he states.

Middlesbrough, UK | Middlesbrough trader opens record shop after surviving battle with cancer: Middlesbrough trader Ray Hill has opened a new store in Dundas Indoor Market, where he offers a range of film and music in their many formats. Five years ago, Ray found out he had cancer in his liver and bowel, and had two major operations, one removing two-thirds of his liver, as well as undergoing six months of chemotherapy. His illness also meant Ray had to give up his job as a self-employed removal and delivery driver, which he had been doing for the previous two decades, and he could not work for two years. Ray remarked: “The treatment wasn’t too bad really. The main thing is I’m fine now.” He has a collection of thousands of films and records and began selling them at The Shambles Market Hall in Stockton. He has now moved to Middlesbrough and is confident that music fans’ rediscovered love of vinyl will bear fruit.

Cardiff, UK | Cardiff record shop hunts for valuable vinyl disc donor: A vinyl records seller wants to find the person who dropped off a stack of old albums as one could be worth £350. Ed Daw, 40, said the customer told him there was “nothing of value” among the vinyls so he gave him a discount on a Jimi Hendrix album, among others, he bought at Cardiff Record Exchange. Ed has since found an “obscure” collectible album by an Irish musician from 50 years ago was among the haul. He now wants to return it or offer a “couple of hundred pounds” for it. Ed said the self-titled “psychedelic” folk music album was made by singer and guitarist Ernie Graham in 1971. He said one had sold in the US for $400 (£298) so he wanted to make a fair offer for it. “It’s quite an obscure record and I didn’t recognise it all,” said Ed, a father of two, who quit working for the NHS to open his shop in Cathays, Cardiff, last year. “I want to give it back to him or give him a couple of hundred pounds.”

Wilkes-Barre, PA | Record fair draws crowd to Woodlands: The Woodlands Inn and Resorts was a music lover’s paradise on Sunday, as record dealers and collectors came together inside one of the facility’s convention halls for NY Record Fair’s annual vinyl records and CD fair. Organizer Jack Skutnik looked right at home standing amongst a sea of crates containing just about every record imaginable. Skutnik, of Binghamton, N.Y., is no stranger to the Woodlands. “We’ve been doing this here for probably about 30 years,” Skutnik said. “And it’s been even longer that we’ve been doing these fairs all over the northeast.” By Skutnik’s count, around 20 record dealers set up shop both inside and outside of the convention hall. According to a Facebook post made by NY Record Fairs, the number of records, CDs and DVDs for sale numbered over 100,000. It seemed pretty accurate walking into the fair on Sunday — look left, and it’s nothing but records. Look right, even more records.

Ontario, CA | Bookstores, record shops are where it’s at for this traveler: When I’m away from home, I like to see the sights. For me, that means bookstores. Not to imply that bookstores are the only sights I see. Not at all. It’s important to be well-rounded. I also see record stores. I’m partly kidding — but only partly. When I visited Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco for a few days last month, bookstores and record stores were high on my list. In five days, I hit three record stores and eight bookstores. That might be a record, but you shouldn’t make book on it. Of course I did other things while up there: wander around SF MOMA, stroll San Francisco’s Salesforce Park (the city’s answer to NYC’s High Line), see Beethoven’s “Fidelio” at the War Memorial Opera House and eat well, including hand-cut noodles at Oakland’s Shan Dong, a pastrami sandwich at San Francisco’s Wise Sons and Burmese food at Burma Superstar. But bookstores and record stores were a big part of my visit.

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