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So I just saw this.  Theatrically.  Which was quite cool.  Really dug it, loved the characters in it, but it did leave me feeling a but wistful.  Not just for the world of the record store (though my Tower was always tricky to get to), but also because I really never gave a d*mn about a job like that... and I can't imagine that I ever would.  Which is kind of a sucky place to be.

But I obviously couldn't help but think about the whole way the thing fell apart, wondering how it could have gone differently.  First, I can't help but think "this is how ALL companies have to end.  I mean, what else can you do, wrap everything up, call it a day and go home?  No,  these things just keep moving forward until they pound themselves into dust"  I know it wasn't a documentary about the economics of it, but the fact that there weren't any fresh faces from the 80s or 90s... that stuck out to me.  Where were the kids who grew up making mixtapes, scratching records, the ones who didn't define their collections by a list of records on a shelf but how they interacted with it?  Of course the internet took them all by surprise and they made some bad business decisions, but didn't it seem strange that a company whose big thing was youthful energy and pure adoration for music just kept getting OLDER?

 

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