Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Vintage Vinyl

When I was 14 or so I was finally allowed to accompany my older friends who were heading up to Saint Louis for the monthly record convention located in South City at the American Czech Hall.  They were setting up a booth for the day to sell their records. This was back when you could flip a Metallica “Ride the Lighting” picture disk and make a $20.00 profit. At some point in the day we headed over to Vintage Vinyl. It was on Delmar but at a different location or a smaller section of the current location. I don’t rightly remember but I do recall it being much smaller than it is now. We had a video camera with us and was generally making fools of ourselves while simultaneously annoying the hell out of everyone in the store who I’m sure could only think, “Who the hell are these hicks from the sticks?”. I didn’t purchase anything on this first visit due to the fact that I never had any money back in those days but I do remember seeing a collage by the register of Sammy Davis Jr. with the caption “I need money, BAD”.

When I finally moved to St. Louis, the first place I went to was Vintage Vinyl and purchased 5 Rolling Stones albums on vinyl for my newly acquired turntable. “Black and Blue”, “Some Girls”, “Emotional Rescue”, “Tattoo You” and “Undercover”. I don’t think it cost me more than 20 bucks. When I got home I was so excited to crack open the records and have a listen but by chance the radio was broadcasting a live show the Stones were putting on that night at the Trans World Dome. The vinyl would have to wait.

now playing - The Rolling Stones