list of Defunct Indie Record Stores and Head Shops-

20 Feb

In my younger days, I spent a lot of time in record stores & head shops, from about 1973 to 2007. Sometimes I think I love the record stores more than the records themselves (and you know how much I love records). I still look/looked up to the store owners, weird and ornery as they are/were, they are my heroes. Hats off to ’em! I’ve talked to a few folks over the years, and I’ve compiled a list here. This is a work in progress, and I’ll update it from time to time. Please feel free to post comments below with new entries. Photos of 40 closed record stores

Abandoned Record Stores

British Record Shop Archive

Good database of current operating record stores

Jeanne Anderson’s page of Twin Cities Record Stores

The phone app you need for current stores



South San Francisco: Bronstein Music


Middletown: Rhymes

New Haven: Rhymes

New Milford: Rhymes

Southbury: Rhymes


Coral Gables: Spec’s Records & Tapes


Champaign: Record Service



Chicago: Wax Trax, Round Records, Rose Records, Hardboiled, Pravda, Hot Jams



Decatur: Co-Op, Appletree

DeKalb: Co-Op


Elgin: Splittgerber’s

Galesburg: Co-Op

Granite City: Vintage Vinyl (still open in St Louis- OF COURSE)

Homewood: Record Swap

Lincoln: Co-Op

Macomb: Co-Op

Moline: Ash Mountain

Normal: Co-Op, Divinyl Madness, Record Service, Appletree


(thanx, Paul Etch)

Rock Island: Co-Op, White Silver Sands

Rockford: Co-Op, Straight Johnson’s, Buffalo Records, Appletree, Grass Menagerie, Giant

Springfield: Co-Op, Appletree

Sterling: Co-Op



Carmel: Karma Records Tapes Audio

Columbus: Karma Records Tapes Audio

Greenfield: Karma Records Tapes Audio

Indianapolis: Karma Records Tapes Audio, 20170905_140219_HDREd’s Music Center

Mishawaka: Just for the Record

Mooresville: Karma Records Tapes Audio

Plymouth: Karma Records Tapes Audio

Warsaw: Karma Records Tapes Audio

West Lafayette: Lick My Grooves, Slatewood


Ames: Peeple’s, Co-Op

Arnold’s Park: Jam’s

Bettendorf: Co-Op

Cedar Falls: Co-Op, Cloudburst (UNI Union bldg- late ’70s)

Cedar Rapids: Relics, Rock n’ Bach, Record Realm (70s-80s), Krackers (70s-80s), Mellow Mind, Omni, M&M, Rattz, Rockin’ Records

Council Bluffs: Homer’s

Davenport: Happy Jack’s, Curiosity Shop


Des Moines: Archives, Peeple’s, Co-Op, Bombco, East Town Music, Generation Landslide (head shop), Homer’s, Patchwork, Rattz II, Vinyl Fetish (two locations- one was on East Walnut), Music Circuit (two locations- 24th and University, SW 9th just south of Park Ave), Music Factory (Steve Gold- two locations- 24th St and on SW 9th), University Book Store (University Av), The Old Record Shop

Dubuque: Reality Check

Iowa City: BJ’s. Sal’s Music Emporium, Apollo, Co-Op, Real Records (closed TWICE!)

Janesville: Make it So

Marion: Alter Ego

Marshalltown: Co-Op

Mason City: CDGBs, City Sound, Face the Music, Leatherhead (1969-1977)

Ottumwa: Sound Waves

Sioux City: Uncle John, Backstage with Ray, Audio Emporium, Last Stop CD Shop, Slow Motion

Spencer: Rainy Day Music , Merrie Melodies

Spirit Lake: Courier Music (mid-70s), Blue Sky (late-70s)

Storm Lake: Rainy Day Music

Urbandale: CD Shop Waterloo: Signal to Noise (late-70s), Co-Op, 1790 Records

West Des Moines: Slipped Discs


Hays: G-B Records


Hutchinson: Adrians Record Shop

Kansas City: Tough World Lawrence: Junior’s Farm, Alley Cat, Seventh Heaven, The End

Leavenworth: Lackey’s Music Plus

Leawood: J-R Disque, Seventh Heaven

Shawnee: Village (they still do mail-order)

Topeka: Mother Earth, World Records, Uptown Entertainment

Wichita: Yesterday’s Discs, Purple Haze, Antarctica, Poverty Records


Louisville: Ear X-tacy


BlogMothers BlogOpus69 BlogCountryMusicCentre

Winnipeg (thanx, DJ Vom): Opus 69, The Autumn Stone, Pyramid Records, Records on Wheels, Peppers, Stereo Swap Shop, Mother’s (still open in Moorhead, MN!), Music Explosion, The Wherehouse, We Gotcha It’s the Music, Country Music Center, The Cellar, Impulse Records, BlogMusicCityWPGMusic City, The Attic, Record BaronBlogRecordBaron. BlogAutumnStone more Winnipeg stuff

(thx, DJ Vom) kelly’s – several locations mr. sound musiplex – downtown musiplex – madison square a&a records – madison square a&b records (vancouver, british columbia chain) – portage avenue sam the record man (toronto, ontario chain) – various locations sonus musica homemade music (the original Wpg Folk Festival Music Store) FTW records christopher d’s (way down portage ave near unicity) rock revival comic world (w/rock revival stock) – basement location on princess Gambles record department K-Mart record department Clarks record department Zellers record department Woolco record department Simpson Sears record department Eatons record department Hudsons Bay record department Mountain Drugs



Georgetown: Orpheus Takoma Park: Joe’s Record Paradise (they put out Root Boy Slim’s “Xmas at K-Mart” record)



Boston- Second Coming Records


Flint: Rocka Rolla

Manchester: Sailors Appliances and Music

Niles: The Record Joint (Bell Plaza- 2 locations)

Saginaw: Rocka Rolla

Shields: Rocka Rolla


Hymie’s hand-written of closed Minneapolis-area stores-  Thanks to Laura & Dave @ Hymies.


Insider Newspaper ad–image courtesy of Paul Strickland & Facebook’s group Twin Cities Music Scene ’70’s-’80’s


Clay Cameron (photo courtesy of David Jenkins)


Al Knutson & Clay Cameron- The Good Life, Albert Lea, MN – photo courtesy of Janet Deane


The Good Life, Albert Lea, MN – photo courtesy of Janet Deane

Albert Lea: The Good Life (from David Jenkins: “Clay Cameron owned The Good Life in Albert Lea at the corner of Clark and Broadway in 1972. It was a small subterranean head shop which sold LPs, posters, incense, pipes, papers, etc.”)

Alexandria: Discontent

Apple Valley: Title Wave

Austin: Face the Music, Earl White Music (1980s)


Bemidji: Natural Music


Blaine: 20/20 Sound, Wax Museum


thanx, Ron Clark

Bloomington: Aardvark


Harpo’s (Oxford Center), Third Stone Music (Valley West Shopping Center)

Brainerd: Gallery Gifts








Brooklyn Center: In Zane Ltd. (they still sell clean pee products)

Brooklyn Park: VIP CDs & Tapes, Title Wave

Burnsville: Northern Lights, Midland

Cambridge: Cambridge CDs & Tapes

Columbia Heights: Fancy Colors


Coon Rapids: Odd Merchants, High Rapids

Cottage Grove: In Concert

Crystal: Title Wave

Detroit Lakes: Sound Shop

Duluth: Young at Heart, Last Place on Earth (still sells cigarettes), Hot Licks, Dull Youth, Eternal, The Cat’s Meow (3 E. Superior St., Steve Hoffman)

Eagan: Summer of Love


Eden Prairie: Tape World, Midland

Edina: Disc & Needle (5006 France Av. S.)


Faribault: Faribo, Tune Town (still open in Mankato)

Forest Lake: Toulouse Records, Music Bug

Fridley: Northern Lights, JB Records (Osborne Road), Cheapo (still open in St Paul, Mpls, & Blaine)

Glenwood: Callen’s Radio & TV

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Grand Rapids- Crystal Image (owners last name was Ranger)

Hastings: The Ranch, River Flow, Second Thoughts

Hibbing: Alden Music Store

Hopkins: Hitsville, Bud’s Music Center (still sells instruments), Third Stone Music (Main Street), Headquarters, Wax Museum, Hot Licks


Hot Licks Hopkins (photo courtesy Jeanne Anderson)

Le Sueur: Kasperik Records

Mankato: The Lost Chord, Audio Store, Ernie November (still open in So. Dak, Wyoming,and Montana), Retro Ron’s

Maplewood: Third Stone Music (White Bear Ave) , Midland Records (Maplewood Mall), CD Replay (White Bear Ave)





Thanx, David Nelson, for the jacket & matches photos


Harpos and Hot Licks Boat Party 1978 or 79 (thank you Tom Smith) Hot Lick’s, downtown Minneapolis (thank you Barb Economon & The Old Minneapolis page on Facebook) Music City, downtown Minneapolis (thanks, Barb Economon & The Old Minneapolis page on Facebook)


Northern Lights, downtown Minneapolis, late 1984



Don Leary’s, circa 1955, thanx Minnesota Historical Society and the Old Minneapolis page on Facebook


thanx, Ron Clark

Minneapolis: Let it Be (10th and Nicollet, Loring Park, 7th and Hennepin),Oar Folkjokeopus/North Country Music (26th and Lyndale- Treehouse thrives here),Northern Lights (7th and Hennepin),Hot Licks (7th and Hennepin),
Garage D’or (26th and Nicollet, Lake and Lyndale),Music City (7th and Hennepin),
Wax Museum (Lake and Nicollet, West Bank, 7th & Hennepin downtown),Applause (various uptown locations),Pyramid (1st Ave and 5th St), Optic Nerve (Lake and Lyndale), Aardvark (Central and Lowry), Records on the Nile (35th and Cedar), Uneeda Records (22nd and Lyndale), Groove Monster (Dinkytown), Stone Bleu Ltd. Stone Bleu Too (38th & Grand), Hit City (Central Ave NE),  Don Leary’s (St Anthony),  Campus Record Shop, Hazen’s (33rd and E Lake St), Record Exchange (7 corners), Disc & Needle (1439 W. Lake St.), Backbeat Discs (25th and Hennepin), Bassment (E. Hennepin and 5th St NE, Lake and Lyndale), Cynesthesia (Karmel Blvd.,617 West Lake Street, 2901 Lyndale Av S), Da Sound Lab (42nd and Minnehaha), Digital City (Broadway- North Side), DJ’s Music Emporium (Grand and Lake St), Elite (Lowry and Central NE),  Know Name/Your Store (Dinkytown),Positively 4th St (Dinkytown), Last Stop CD Shop (Dinkytown), New Avenue (Lake St), Nightfall (E Lake and 27th), Sursumcorda (1st Ave and 3rd St- downtown), Universal CDs (38th and Chicago), Wide Angle (45th and Nicollet), CD Station, Hit City (Central Av NE), Rock-it Records (three diff locations), Humble Sounds (50th & Bryant), CD Cellar (by Lake Nokomis), Record Run (Thomas Ave N- originally from Philly), Oblivion Record Shop (Cedar Av. north of Riverside- West Bank), Rising Sun (Harmon Av btwn 8th and 9th dntn), Soul Survivor (Penn and Broadway), Platters (LynLake, Cedar & Riverside- photo thanx David Beckey), Schmitt Music (they still sell instruments), Modern Records (15th and Nicollet), Record Lane (8th and Nicollet), F.U.G. Record Sales (North Lyndale Av.), Mr. Bojangles (37th and Stinson, NorthEast), Record Rarities (Aldrich and Lake St.), Dixieland Record Heaven, Third Stone Music (W. Lake Street), The New England (8th and Marquette), Title Wave (W. Lake St.),Wayne & Ron’s (Lake & 30th), Immaculate Contraptions (Franklin & Lyndale), Mr. Crown’s (38th St.), Spring Records,Sound Inn (Stadium Village and 18th & Nicollet) . . House of Records (Lake and Nicollet), Lyndale Flowers and Records (Lyndale & 36th), Dee’s Record Center, Get Records, Chicago Lake Records, Acme Record Shop, 7 E. 26th Street, Texas Bill Strength Record Shop (202 S. 10th St.), Earth (Lake & Nicollet), Kra-Mar Music (3939 Fremont Av. N), Majestic Music Shop (14 S. 7th St.), Gilbert’s Music & Novelty Shop, 30 S. 7th St., Minnesota Phonograph Co. (612 Nicollet- 1920s!)


(Thanx, Kelly Bystrom & Vyntage Vinyl)



thanks Tom Novak





photo of North Country thanx to Wayne Elliot Klayman, that’s him sitting behind the counter



. . .(Thanx Paul Strickland & Facebook: Twin Cities Music Scene ’70’s-’80’s) . .









thx to the Old Minneapolis page on FB


(thanx, Alan Freed) 



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(thanx Danny Beck)



(thanks, Drew Miller)

Minnetonka: Cheapo (still open in St Paul, Mpls, & Blaine)

Montevideo: Sounds Extreme

Moorhead: Daveau Music Company (616 Center Ave)Vinyl Connection (Brookdale Mall)


Mound: Netka’s

Navarre: The Hub, Third Stone Music

New Ulm: Meidl Music, Brown & Meidl, Music Exchange

Northfield: Fine Groove, Red Pets

Redwood Falls: Sounds Extreme

Richfield: Down in the Valley (66th & Penn), Third Stone Music (The Hub Shopping Center), Anderson’s Hi Fi  (The Hub Shopping Center), Southdale Record Store



Thanks, Terry Ahlstrom & Richfield Historical Society

Robbinsdale: Wax Museum, CD Station


Kevin Adams

12799464_10208035219814901_3364408687846367295_nRochester: Broadway, Face the Music, New Rhythm, Earwax, Headquarters


Roseville: Title Wave, The Record Store (Larpenteur & Lexington)

St Anthony: Music City (Apache Plaza)

Saint Louis Park: Del’s (Miracle Mile Shopping Center), Music 2 (Knollwood Mall),

Record Lane (Knollwood Plaza), Hot Lick’s (Excelsior Blvd)



Hart’s Records, St Paul.



Saint Paul: Northern Lights (Pascal & University Ave, Hillcrest Shopping Center, Wax Museum (Prior & University Ave), Three Acre Wood (7th Street & Wabasha- John Claig, manager), Three Acre Wood (White Bear Ave), Hot Lick’s (Hillcrest Shopping Center, Phalen Shopping Center), Root Cellar (Snelling & Thomas), Applause (Snelling & Ashland Aves), Pasha Poi (Grand Ave & Snelling), Music 2 (Sun Ray Shopping Center, Phalen Shopping Center, 7th St & Wabasha), The Record Shop/Jugheads owned by Chuck Rath 1971-ish. (Hudson Rd & Earl Street), Music City (Wabasha Av), Happy’s (Selby & Snelling), MacGowan’s (1950s),  Burk’s (1950s- 2 locations dntn). Schmitt Music (they still sell instruments in Mpls), Rockheads (5th & Wabasha), Flip Side (White Bear Ave, Cleveland & Randolph), Louise Music (Grand Av. & Grotto), Cannabis (Rice St & Arlington, Forest & Maryland), Aliens (w. 7th St.), Backbeat Discs (Ford Pkwy & Cleveland), Old Laughing Lady (Grand & Snelling), East Side Jams (E 7th St), Eclipse (Grand & Snelling, University & Prior-now open downtown St Paul- 6th & Wabasha), SugerMan’s Gallery (Selby & Victoria), 24-7 CD Store (Arcade Ave), The Store/TCI Outlet (University & Hamline), Sugar Dan’s (Como & Snelling), Iron Moon (Payne and York), Gimbel’s (not the chain store), Lyon & Healy (downtown St Paul- 1940s), Gulck’s Record Shop (221 N Snelling near Marshall), Vinyl Touch (Pacific & Point Douglas), Sensational Records (University Ave & Dale St., Leo Taylor, owner), Eye Moot House (Finn & Grand Av.), Peyer Music Shop (6th & Minnesota), Louise Music Shop (Grand Av.)


Thanx to Stacy Halde

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Saint Peter: Tune Town (still open in Mankato)


(thanks, Mark Luebker)

Stillwater: Underwater Music, Harpo’s, Joe Roach Music, George’s Record Shop (Wohlers)

Wayzata: Music Box (1950s)

West Saint Paul: Mike Thomas Appliance (Signal Hills Shopping Center)

White Bear Lake: Evans Music (they still sell instruments), Big Daddy Wags/Wagner Music, Dunphy’s records

Willmar: Toons

Winona: Good Vibrations, Face the Music, Down Home, Wings of Music, Primo, 3rd Street Hi Fi, Mr. Groovy’s


Worthington: Elite Audio


Jackson: BeBop Records


Cape Girardeau: The Record Store


Columbia: Whizz, Now Hear This, Salt of the Earth

Farmington: Coast to Coast Sound

Festus: Main Street

Jackson: Spin City

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The Legendary Ron Rooks of The Music Exchange. Photo by Corkey Carrel

Kansas City: Music Exchange, Recycled Sounds, Love Records, Caper’s Corner,Abba Zabba, Good Times, Groove Farm, H&H Record Shop, Listening Room, 180 Degrees, Rock Therapy

Kirksville: B&B Record Shop

Marshall: Kiah’s Record Rack

Sedalia: Sound Spectrum

Springfield: Indigo, Spin Again

St Joseph: Heaven and Earth, Toe Jams

Warrensburg: Phoenix


Kearney: Twisters


Zero Street, Lincoln– Garth & Dan

Lincoln: Zero Street, N-Da-Mixx, Twisters, Spindle

Omaha: Leola’s, Dirt Cheap, Zero Street, Twisters, Pickles, Backstage, Harry O’s, Antiquarium


thanks, photo from Vladimir Rinco

New Brunswick:

Fredrickton: Magic Forest Music Store

New York:


Glens Falls: Knobby’s


New York City: Bleeker Bob’s, Venus Records, Rebel, King Karol (many locations)

North Dakota:

Bismarck: Budget, Music Syndicate


Fargo: Disc and Tape, Vinyl Connection, Prairie Dog, Broadway, Daveau Music Company

Grand Forks: Discontent

Minot: Discontent

Williston: Budget



Tulsa: Lee’s


Thunder Bay: St James Stereo

Rhode Island:

Providence: Rhymes

South Dakota:

Aberdeen: Engel Music (they sold records in the late 1960s)

Brookings: Sound Station

Mitchell: Xtreme Trendz (they still sell skateboards)

Rapid City: Sound Bytes, Gnome Grown, Spirit of the Hills


Sioux Falls: Iron Creek (1970s), Odland Music Shop

Spearfish: Big Top

Vermillion: Uncle John Goes to College, Herb’s

Watertown: Sound Station



(thanx to Craig Moerer)

Corpus Christi: Ashley’s High Speed Boogie Shop (1971)



Norfolk: Tracks

Virginia Beach: Variety, Mothers Records and Tapes


Appleton: Record Exchange, New Frontier

Beloit: Co-Op, Denzil’s Music Emporium

Eau Claire: Trucker’s Union, UMS Records (1973-86)

Grafton: Galaxy of Sound


Pipe Dreams Softball team

Green Bay: Record Exchange, Pipe Dreams, Freedom Records, Galaxy of Sound

Janesville: Co-Op

LaCrosse: One Octave Lower (3rd and King–1972-73), Metamorphosis (2nd and Pearl– 1970-83), The Tree (4th and Main–1974-86), Leitholds (they still sell instruments) (thanx Dan Heilman)

Madison: Sugar Shack, Galaxy of Sound, Rave Up (University Avenue), Wazoo (State Street), Record World (State Street), Discount Records (State Street), Lake Street Station, (Lake Street, then on State Street).

Marshfield: Mitten’s


Rich Menning

Milwaukee: Atomic, Ludwig Von Ear, Mean Mtn. Music, Radio Doctors, Mainstream, Lewis’ North Shore Record Center, Wax Stacks, Farwell Music, 1812 Overture, NMC Discount Records  (Farwell Av south of North Avenue- Lew Alcindor’s choice shop), Galaxy of Sound

Racine: It’s a Beautiful Day

Sheboygan: Pipe Dreams, Nickelodeon Records, Strawberry Fields

14484813_10211377363056714_8852238413726003934_nSpooner: Eddie’s

Superior: B&B Sporting Goods, Nickelsons

Waukesha: Mainstream

Wausau: Sugar Shack, We Be CDs & LPs, Wrights (3rd Street),Bob’s Musical Isle and Hi Fi Center (3rd Street)

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Whitewater: Pipe Dreams

Ed. note: Ha! While researching this, I made a few prank phone calls to stores out in the hinterlands, just like I did when I worked for ADA. Man, I miss calling record stores on the phone! I’d ask stupid questions like ‘”Is this the record store? Didja get any snow today? Are you open now?” I’m impressed how many stores are still open out there, I love to see them surviving in 2011.

Here are the ring binders with the contact info of hundreds of record stores that I assembled while working for ADA 1996-2007. Most of the info above was taken from these books, glad I kept them until


John Beggs- still at it- with Todd Adams




49 Responses to “list of Defunct Indie Record Stores and Head Shops-”

  1. Lynn Zecca February 20, 2011 at 10:47 pm #

    Holy cow what a list… you could add Rockit Records to the Minneapolis list – she moved three times: Harmon Place above Let it Be, on 24th & Lyndale where Muddy Waters is now, and West Lake St. & Irving if memory serves me. In my more ancient memory banks there is Humble Sounds – 50th & Bryant – unless I’m making that up! It was the 70’s, after all.

  2. Tony B February 21, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    Haha…glad to see you got River Flow on the Hastings list.

  3. mjp February 21, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    Three Acre Wood was an awesome hole in the wall (and they had a comprehensive and creepy head shop on the other side of 7th, next to the old Best Steak House). I pestered them every day for two months waiting for KISS Alive to come out (“No, it isn’t out yet! You don’t have to call every day!”). First heard the New York Dolls (and a million other things) in there.

    Northern Lights and OarFolk being gone doesn’t seem like it could be real. The St. Paul and Minneapolis that I knew were chewed up and spit out a long time ago. But they were pretty awesome. Especially the ghost town that was downtown St. Paul.

    Here’s to progress!

  4. gojohnnygo February 21, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    I thought of two others today: Record Run in North Minneapolis & CD Cellar (sp?) by Lake Nokomis in South Minneapolis. I’m gonna add those.

  5. gojohnnygo March 4, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

    I found a list of Co-Op Records locations from the mid-70s Illinois, Iowa, and even one in Wisconsin and included ’em on the list above, and found some custom record sleeves with store logos, scanned & and posted them tonight, enjoy.

  6. gojohnnygo March 6, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    I just thought of Twisters in Lincoln & Kearney, Nebraska, adding ’em now to the list.

  7. Hoss March 12, 2011 at 12:08 am #

    Here’s a couple more…Record Service in Champaign & Normal, IL…AppleTree Records in Springfield…plus a couple from central Indiana: LMG (Lick My Grooves) and Slatewood Records, both in West Lafayette.

    BTW, Harpo’s was in Bloomington, not Richfield (on 98th, just east of Lyndale)

  8. gojohnnygo March 15, 2011 at 9:08 pm #

    Today I found evidence of another store in Mankato, MN, I’ll post it on the list with a logo.

  9. Jeremy Saperstein March 25, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    As an ex-resident, I cansay firmly that the Co-Op in Beloit is actually in Wisconsin.

    They also had a location in Janesville.

    BTW, it was nice to see the early Skeleton Ed tracks (which I’m actually on!)

  10. Nate @ Zzz Records March 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    Hey John, Long time/no talk. I know you’ve been in the biz for a while, but I can’t believe you can remember all of these! Here’s a few more for Iowa: STORM LAKE – had a 2nd branch of Rainy Day Music in the early 90s; IOWA CITY – Real Records (just closed at end of Feb 2011, unfortunately); SIOUX CITY — didn’t they have a punk store about 10 years ago? can’t remember the name, though; DES MOINES — Vinyl Fetish (before my time) WEST DES MOINES — Slipped Disc (pretty sure that was the name, was around for maybe a year or so around 2003)

    • gojohnnygo March 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

      Thanx, Nate, I’ll update it now.

  11. Jeremy Saperstein March 28, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    I just recalled that the Co-op location in Beloit became Denzil’s Music Emporium, which lasted another few years,

  12. Steve Ross October 20, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    Hello from Rainy Day Music. You can reconnect via my Facebook profile, or page: We continue to offer various artifacts from the store on the Internet.

    • gojohnnygo October 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

      thx Steve, I’ll put a link on the list too. -Johnny

  13. Steve Ross October 20, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

    Also, Rainy Day Music, Spencer, Iowa was preceeded at the same location for 17 years by Merrie Melodies, a store of true distinction, operated by Terry Heinrichs.

  14. bob diener March 29, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    Record Swap in Champaign Illinois is not closed and never was (‘cept on xmas day, new years day and july 4th). We are not on campus (since 1999) but there are no record
    stores on campus anymore. We are located at 114 E University Ave. – easy walk from

  15. Chris Hodapp June 15, 2012 at 12:18 am #

    Wax Museum. Stand alone store in Northtown parking lot.

  16. Chris Hodapp June 15, 2012 at 12:19 am #

    That was in Blaine.

  17. Susan Thomsen December 28, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    Here’s one for Jackson, Mississippi: BeBop Records.

  18. nick doten December 30, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    thinking i may have missed it in your listings, but of course, there’s the Electric Fetus in mpls/st paul mn- think they’re still in existence

    • gojohnnygo December 30, 2012 at 11:46 am #

      Yes, there are at least 30 record stores still in existence in the Twin Cities, this blog post is for the “dead” record stores….-Johnny

  19. Paul Drewry April 13, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    Some to ad: Sheboygan Wi: Pipe Dreams, Nickelodeon Records, Strawberry Fields, Musicland

  20. Clark-Jones Victoria April 26, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

    I worked at Pipe Dreams in Green Bay, WI for Tom and Mark in the late 1970’s. I also played softball for the Pipe Dreams Team.

    • gojohnnygo April 26, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

      If you have any photos of the store or the softball team, I’d love to post them here. -johnny

  21. Doz May 28, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

    John, What a trip down memory lane….

  22. spencer July 19, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    There’s also Vinyl Fever in Tampa, FL – or, rather, there *was* also Vinyl Fever. It’s been closed two years now, after a three-decade run of general awesomeness. I can send you a photo of the place if you want, since I worked there right at the end.

  23. Carole Ostlund October 17, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    You missed Headquarters in Hopkins…and Wax Museum had a store on the West End of Hopkins, as well.

  24. Carole Ostlund October 17, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    …Minnesota, that is.

    • gojohnnygo October 17, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

      thanx, adding now…

      • David Beckey April 3, 2014 at 3:02 pm #

        Carole, my family moved near Hopkins about a mile and a half from that Wax Museum, 1973, they had just closed, so I never got to go in there! Great page, Johnny, thanks!

  25. Dan Heilman November 13, 2014 at 9:09 am #

    Some additions for La Crosse (my hometown): One Octave Lower (3rd and King): 1972-73; Metamorphosis (2nd and Pearl): 1970-83; The Tree (4th and Main): 1974-86. Dates approximate. Deaf Ear Record Exchange opened in 1976 and is still going strong. Leithold’s was (and still is) a musical instrument store that used to sell records.

  26. GeorgeS April 15, 2015 at 9:57 pm #

    Anyone from Winnipeg – comments about Opus 69. How to kill your own store.
    It started in the late 1960s downtown.
    1. Closed at 5 PM, when working people like me were jes gettin out of work.
    2: the name did not make it clear what it was, unless youse was a sophisticerated Classical person. Nothing on the front said Records. Windows were narrow and small and you couldn’t see what was inside.
    3: Inside he REFUSED to put identifying labels on his bins and sections. Large store but you didn’t know what type of music was where (except the Classical). When you did your own survey of the layout and could remember parts of it, he had some nice oldies collector issues like Phil Spector.
    4: So the store probably just was not known well enuf for what it was and had. It was a little on the fringe of downtown too.

    • Bill Debauche April 26, 2015 at 5:27 pm #

      More great record stores now gone: Madison, Wisconsin: Rave Up on University Avenue, Wazoo on State Street, Record World on State Street, Discount Records on State Street, Lake Street Station, first on Lske Street, then on Stste Street. In the 1970s and early 1980s these stores created a great record buying scene.

      Wausau, Wisconsin: Wrights on 3rd Street, a long time, great store until it closed around 1970; Bob’s Musical Isle and the Hi Fi Center on 3rd Street, centers for young people’s music in the 1970s.

      Inner Sleeve also opened in Wausau in the late 1970s and was the best of them all. It is still open and still great, on Scott Street downtown.

      • gojohnnygo April 27, 2015 at 10:26 am #

        thank you very much

  27. BJ October 19, 2015 at 2:51 pm #


  28. Liz October 29, 2016 at 1:05 pm #

    Does anyone know if a receipt from discount records and book store from 1974 the address is 541 Wisconsin ave is worth anything

  29. Jon September 5, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

    Hello. Great website! I have been searching for any info or photos of “The Record Joint” in Niles Michigan. They had two locations throughout the 1970’s, both at the “Bell Plaza” (started in a small unit, then moved to the large corner store in the same facility. They were a Record Shop/ Head Shop that was a huge part of my youth. I hope you can find more than I have. I wish I knew the owners of the place. Thanks!

  30. Frank Jenkins December 26, 2018 at 1:34 pm #

    Wow! Great page… some one posted a comment on the Facebook music page called Present Listening.. about an instore record signing scene with Ozzie Ozborne way back in the day, at a place called Pipe Dreams… he mentioned it was “..45 minutes from Green Bay”… just for the heck of it.. did some searching, found your page, found Pipe Dreams (!) and figured it was the Sheboygan store… anyway, I’m a Class of ’73 veteran of the record stores of NE Ohio –
    Record Revolution in Cleveland Heights, etc….thanks for your site! Had some great flashbacks of my various friends and cohorts of the scene back in the day … I’m out in Seattle nowadays, where vinyl rules again… lots of stores – we do several DJ nights of all vinyl here in town…


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