Record stores – hallowed places where teenage kicks and sage knowledge of life-defining tunes were discovered – are becoming a thing of the past. But now they live on forever thanks to an artist who has meticulously designed a record shop made out of Lego.
With the rise and rise of digital music and streaming, record stores are becoming part of musical history lore. They say hipsters still buy vinyl, but where are those places where knowledge is passed down to earnest wannabe rock stars?
In the 20th century, bands and bonds were formed when teenagers and college students searched for hours through carefully curated record stands or spent whatever was left of their pocket money taking a chance on something from the thrift pile.
Usually, record stores would be presided over by a manager with an encyclopedic knowledge of music who would dispense sage advice to help hone the musical tastes of earnest kids without a musical note in their heads, but who dreamed of being the next Lou Reed or Joey Ramone.
Sadly these figures – not unlike John Cusack’s character in High Fidelity – are being replaced by algorithms and recommended playlists.
Be sure to visit Brick City Records over on Flickr!