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 ...
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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
Released in 2008, "I Need That Record..." met with some level of snobby critical derision as a purely nostalgic trip championing the "good old days" of physical record stores -- yet without providing a shiny new solution. That's because the shiny new solution is the shiny old solution: Since the time of this film's creation, record stores -- and vinyl records as a whole -- have experienced a level of resurgence. Not because of this film, which few have seen, but the trend does bolster the retroactive viewing of "I Need That Record," which can be described as an unabashed, unashamed love letter to the record store experience.
The conclusions it makes are both emotional and well-reasoned, and the argument itself is increasingly well-manifested in today's consumer environment, as more and more seek to augment their music streaming consumption with the pursuit and purchase of the occasional physical artifact.
This is thoughtful documentary of its times and now of our times, too.
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