There is a music store for sale in Los Angeles. It has old, sagging shelves stuffed with hundreds of thousands of recordings, from wax cylinders to 8-track tapes to LPs and CDs. The man who has owned the business since 1962 is Murray Gershenz.
"I wasn't earning enough money to support my family, so I decided to get some extra income by putting my record collection up for sale," Gershenz tells NPR's Scott Simon. "I opened the store, built some shelves with the help of a rabbi friend of mine and, little by little, the music took over."
Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 5:01 pm
I first heard Levon Helm's voice in 1968, on The Band's album Music From Big Pink. Ray Wylie Hubbard turned me on to the record when I came home to Dallas from college that summer. I was immediately drawn into a sound that was unlike anything I'd ever heard. "The Weight" became my favorite song.
Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 10:23 pm
You're about to see a fascinating film about Music Man Murray and his obsession: records, hundreds of thousands of records. I relate well to the obsession, and could have wound up traveling down similar roads. In fact, years ago I obsessively traced the history of The Beach Boys' never-released yet legendary album Smile. One interview took me to the home of arranger and lyricist Van Dyke Parks.