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HypeBot shout-out!

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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.”

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Rad ad promoting the Book!

“The Vinyl District launched in 2007 as an homage to the vinyl medium and Washington, DC’s remaining record stores. In its second year, The Vinyl District (or TVD) partnered with Record Store Day (itself in its second year) as the “official blog” of the event, and with this partnership TVD’s audience became both national and international.”

Ad featured on VinylDistrict.com

Ad featured on VinylDistrict.com

Check out the Vinyl District’s dope web site, 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

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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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“The Record Store Book” Salon at the private home of Tami Zweig Macala in Santa Barbara

This past Sunday, March 29. I was invited to a salon at the home of Tami Zweig Macala in Santa Barbara, CA. Also invited was author David Kukoff, who just released his first novel, “Children of the Canyon” — also under Rare Birds Books — my publisher. It was my first introduction to a salon, so naturally I had to get a good definition of the type of event: A salon is a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation. (Wikipedia) Awesome, right?! I hope for more of these in the future.

In an intimate setting, David and I both spoke about our respective books and then received questions from our lovely audience. I made it a point to talk about the human-interest aspect of “The Record Store Book,” because the book is not only about vinyl records — each store owner has a story about how they came to be business owners and how they have survived this economy.

David’s book, a fiction novel, is loosely based on his upbringing in Laurel Canyon — “L.A.’s fabled neighborhood as the 1960s counterculture is coming to an end,” according to  his web site. I got a copy because I was born and raised in Los Angeles, but mainly because David is amazing!

It was great afternoon, and I am so grateful to my friends who came out to support me and witness me holding my book for the very first time! It was overwhelming and emotional — in good ways!

Afterwards, I followed my publisher, Tyson Cornell, to his car to sign 3 to 4 boxes of book from his trunk! It was so perfect and grassroots! I loved everything about this day!

 

Here are some photos taken that day:

Photo by Julie Simpson Jennings

Photo by Julie Simpson Jennings

Photo by Julie Simpson Jennings

Photo by Julie Simpson Jennings

Photo by Lauren Warfield

Photo by Lauren Warfield

Photo by Julie Simpson Jennings

Photo by Julie Simpson Jennings

Photo by Lauren Warfield

Photo by Lauren Warfield

 

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