By Marty Lennartz

Remember the days when going to your favorite record store was what you did on Saturday afternoons?

There were so many options. Used record stores, jazz shops, even discount and department stores.

I got the Jimi Hendrix Experience debut, “Are You Experienced” at EJ Korvette and bought it because of the cover art. not knowing it would blow my head off when I got it home.

In the 70’s and 80’s Wax Trax Records on Lincoln was a weekly stop to buy the newest imports from new bands like The Cure, Joy Division, and Gang Of Four. The clerks somehow were both snobby and helpful at the same time . Owner Jim Nash would tell you which records to buy. He was usually right.

Almost all my early albums were gifts. I didn’t have any money but I came into a bit at my 8th grade graduation. I took three or bucks of it and paid for my first album: Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band at a gift shop in Park Ridge that had a small record rack. I bought it because it was the Beatles and my friend Denny’s older brother told him it would change music forever. It changed my world.


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