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I Need That Record! The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store (2008)

Unrated | | Documentary, Music | 3 May 2008 (USA)
A documentary feature examining why over 3000 independent record stores have closed across the U.S. in the past decade. Many sources all pose threats on the very well being of our favorite ... See full summary »

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A documentary feature examining why over 3000 independent record stores have closed across the U.S. in the past decade. Many sources all pose threats on the very well being of our favorite record stores. Will these stores die or will they survive? Written by Brenden Toller

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Good Story, But Clearly One-Sided
27 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A documentary feature examining why over three thousand independent record stores have closed across the United States in the past decade...

I enjoyed this documentary, as it presented some nice facts and statistics about record stores, album sales, album prices... the rise of MP3s, the Telecommunications Act, etc. And it let record store owners vent about the death of their industry.

Unfortunately, I also found the documentary to be one-sided. While I would not say it was factually incorrect, it had an obvious bias. And that is unfortunate, because it makes the film political rather than strictly factual. I would have liked to hear more people on the other side defending themselves or the Telecommunications Act, even if I may not agree with their defense.

Most unusual was the presence of Noam Chomsky. I love Chomsky, but he seemed very out of place here. He was able to offer some general comments about bigger businesses replacing smaller ones, but had nothing particular to say about record stores or the Telecommunicatons Act. He even told the interviewers he had not listened to music since the 1940s and that his grandchildren were more aware of what was going on.


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