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3 Responses to Nat’l Record Store Day footnote: my years at Sam Goody records

  1. Frederick Paul Walter April 24, 2015 at 6:03 am #

    It’s sad to read about snooty, self-appointed experts such as Louis Weber – a little man puffing himself up by demeaning others. Had he and his elitist sort behaved differently, maybe Goody would still be in business and classical music would still be a popular commodity in the U.S. But Goody’s gone for good, and the classics are widely loved only in Europe, Asia, the Antipodes, and S. America – i.e., everywhere but here. Thanks, Lou, for your arrogant airs, pointy-headed pretensions, and antisocial misbehavior. What a way to run a business … into the ground.

    • Matthew Lasar April 24, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

      Hey Frederick: I totally hear you. It’s hard to translate Lou Weber into the present. He was a mid-20th century New York City kind of thing, and in that context, lots of people thought he was kind of fun.

  2. Bill Jobson May 6, 2015 at 8:46 am #

    I came across the essays on the Ralph Mag website when I got an out-of-the-blue nostalgia for the Sam Goody I remember from the ’70s. Enjoyed reading them! It was my brother Steve, a Classical and Opera nut, who saw that store as the Emerald City of records. We grew up in the Bronx and went more frequently to the Cross County location up in Westchester. The staff was younger but knowledgeable and helpful. I remember one of them sitting up at the register playing “Stairway To Heaven” intro on an acoustic guitar, one of the musical instruments they sold in the store at the time. My kids, both currently in Brooklyn, enjoy the vinyl and book stores that have appeared in the last few years, staffed with people interested in what they sell. I can’t imagine the millennials developing into the sales types from back in the day, but time will tell.

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