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The Record Store Book on display!

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HypeBot shout-out!

Hypebot.com is raffling my book! How dope!
The described the stores in The Record Store Book as “These outposts anchor the music scenes for the communities they serve; and, as far as I’m concerned, deserve to be places on the National Historic Register.”

Check out Hypebot.com by clicking here.

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Hyponik, an online music resource based in the UK, featured “The Record Store Book!

Hyponik.com featured “The Records Store Book” on their web site today!
Hyponik is an online music resource based in the UK!

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“The Record Store Book looks at some of the city of Angels’ finest digging spots.”

Read it here.

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Book featured in Lenscratch blogzine


Female customer digging at Vacation Vinyl in Silver Lake, Calif. Photo by Mike Spitz.


By Aline Smith:

Photographer Mike Spitz takes us back a few decades when listening to music meant visiting a local record store, flipping through the bins, purchasing a record because of an interesting cover photograph or design, bring home a particular sound and letting the needle hit the vinyl. His new book, The Record Store Book, published by Rare Bird Books, takes us on a vinyl journey visiting the places and people that celebrate records.  The book is enriched by interviews and text by Rebecca Villaneda and it will be sold at Urban Outfitters (US & Europe), bookstores, and select record stores with worldwide distribution. On April 18th, Mike and Rebecca will be signing books (on Record Store Day!) at Jackknife Records (11-1pm) and Record Parlour (2-4pm) in Los Angeles, ending the day with a big party and book signing at the Regent Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Read the entire piece by Smith, here: http://lenscratch.com/2015/04/mike-spitz-the-record-store/

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Signing books at the Publisher’s office — Rare Birds Lit

WOW!!! I’ve never signed so many books or that many of anything for that matter! What a beautiful, exhilarating rush! I feel so blessed to have this opportunity in my life. I brought my 14-year-old niece, Anna, with me to experience this milestone moment and she was such a great supporter. Julia, Rare Bird’s Director of Marketing and Publicity, was on hand to help Mike and I get through the stacks and stacks of “The Record Store Book” that will soon be delivered to the record stores and book stores that will be selling them in the near future! Here’s some photos of the great day in Rare Bird’s downtown Los Angeles office.

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My heart is so HAPPY

I received an email today from the Norwalk Records store manager, Edie Gonzales, and it warmed my heart. I anticipate that this is the first of many emails to get from people featured in the book:

Hello Rebecca,

Just received our book from Amazon and what beautiful work you and Mike did. It certainly is a Beauty and looking forward to meeting you on RSD at Rockaway Records. And also picking up a few more copies. Thank you sooo much for considering us to be in this gem of a book it certainly is an “Honor”. I have been employed here for over 31 yrs and I’ve seen the rise of vinyl and fall and now pretty steady. It made our day today and we can’t stop looking at the book were all taking turns.

Again Thank you for all you did to put together this amazing piece of art.

PS. Is there a special link for our customers to buy the book anyone in particular I am gonna post it up on our IG & FB and would like to provide a link.

Edie Gonzales, Store Manager


This is Richard Sneed, Norwalk store owner:

Photo by Mike Spitz

Photo by Mike Spitz

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Posters to promote The Record Store Book

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Record Collector gives ‘The Record Store Book’ a shout-out

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“The Record Store Book” got a mention in the April issue of Record Collector

The writer calls the book an “unbelievably superb coffee table book of Los Angeles Record Stores.”

Check it out here.

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311 at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, Calif. on May 15, 2014.

311 at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, Calif. on May 15, 2014.


May 15, 2014

Tia Anita’s 82nd cumpleaños.

Opening acts:  Birds of Tokyo, Big Data,  Young the Giants.

First time seeing Young the Giants and 311. Only heard some of Big Data’s set from afar with a beer in my hand (after vodka and Gatorade, aka faderade, in a Solo cup), and chatting with homies.

It was a poor showing, which I blamed on the hot weather and the fact that the headliner has played SB routinely.

Also, because the three openers only a have a handful of radio hits that were on heavy rotation at KJEE — the sponsors of the festival.

Before I go on critiquing shit, I have to say 311 was bomb and although in their 40s still have fun on stage and play songs that spark memories of good times.

OK, back to some bashing — kind of.

I have to compare this year’s KJEE summer roundup to the last couple of years’ artists and headliners. I went to and them and it went as follows—2012 was Grouplove, The Naked and Famous, GARBAGE, and Silversun Pickups. Obviously, Garbage should have been the top bill on this one.

This effing concert was epic just to see two bitchen female lead singers, Shirley Manson and Alisa Xayalith. Both ladies and their bands were fantastic and happy to have had the pleasure of seeing them live. Good shit.

Unfortunately, we got there late and didn’t see Grouplove, but I got to see them later when they opened up for No Doubts’ random 2-week residency at the Universal Amphiteater in Universal City, Calif. I say random because they had just released “Push and Shove,” but didn’t tour or really pimp the anywhere else aside from those amazing, fantastic, so-lucky-I-fucking-went show on a Monday after Thanksgiving 2012. Damns, I digress.

So Summer Roundup 2013. That was New Politics, Atlas Genius and Blink-motherfuckin-182. I’m pretty sure my drunkass cried at this show because Blink was so badass.

I have seen them before — opened up for No Doubt, too, as a matter of fact — but they were the size of ants. (It was a free concert at the ghetto, far-as-fuck amphitheater that was the size of a city. Think Rose Bowl). So for whatever reason, Blink touched me this night at the Roundup. I definitely had a moment. I clearly remember “I Miss You.”

Hello there, the angel from my nightmare
The shadow in the background of the morgue
The unsuspecting victim of darkness in the valley
We can live like Jack and Sally if we want
Where you can always find me
We’ll have Halloween on Christmas
And in the night we’ll wish this never ends
We’ll wish this never ends

Yah, you listen to that live while you’re drunk and stoned and not shed a tear.

And there it is. Summer Roundup 2014 was great and I’m totes glad I went for 311 alone. It was my first concert to start my SB Bowl 2014 season. There’s more to follow, including Slighth Stoopid, Rebelution and Iration, Jurassic 5 and Dilated People, Arcade Fire and mother fuckin Jack Johnson!!! Hopefully, they’ll be adding more shows. The couple that I would like to see but haven’t got tickets or because I wont be around are Ringo Starr, James Taylor, Maxwell and Foreigner.

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Oprah and I, with my friend Carla

Oprah and I, with my friend Carla

Carla and I met Oprah Winfrey on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 at about 11 p.m.. We took this photo at 11:11 p.m. — a magical time. And to hammer in the magic, she threw up the No. 1 — 1’s all around!
The photo was taken during the Santa Barbara Film Festival. Oprah had just accepted the Montecito Lifetime Award for her “body of work.”

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February 12, 2014 · 7:22 pm