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Saying Farewell to a Business That Turned Into an Identity (J&R Music World closes its doors)
NY Times ^ | APRIL 13, 2014 | RACHEL L. SWARNS

Posted on 05/14/2014 7:26:34 AM PDT by Zhang Fei

On his last day as a company man, Marty Singer braced himself for the final drive to the office. It was Friday morning. The clock was ticking. But he couldn’t bear to go.

So he answered another phone call. He tapped out another text. He composed another email. He sat down at his kitchen table and wept.

At 10:30 a.m., he finally picked up his keys. “Be strong,” he told himself.

Then he walked out his front door, into a world without J&R Music.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: jandr
Anyone who's ever bought an obscure LP or a replacement stylus from J&R's catalog might feel a twinge of nostalgia at this news.
1 posted on 05/14/2014 7:26:34 AM PDT by Zhang Fei
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To: Zhang Fei

They were also BIG players in the early days of PC clones. In general had great deals on consumer electronics.


2 posted on 05/14/2014 7:27:50 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Stan’s Record Shop is still cooking in Shreveport...


3 posted on 05/14/2014 7:29:48 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Dr. Sivana
They were also BIG players in the early days of PC clones. In general had great deals on consumer electronics.

IMO, Amazon and Best Buy killed them. In the online world, they couldn't match Amazon's prices because they were based in high-cost NYC. In the B&M world, they couldn't match Best Buy's inventory, prices or liberal return policies.

4 posted on 05/14/2014 7:38:51 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei

I bought my “boom box” through their catalog as a 15th birthday present way back in the mid-1980s. I always enjoyed reading through the catalog, checking out all the expensive audio gear I couldn’t afford (as a musician, I was always looking for better “sound”).


5 posted on 05/14/2014 7:40:21 AM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Zhang Fei
they will be fondly remembered

I have to wonder if......recent developments in DC...were at play in the closing??


6 posted on 05/14/2014 7:46:19 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Zhang Fei

Some will never know the joys of browsing the cd (and before that record and lp) racks.


7 posted on 05/14/2014 7:51:18 AM PDT by Oratam
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I knew it was coming.

I have been buying records, CDs, and instruments from there for almost 30 years - since I was a small child.

I know their electronics department always had a "Crazy Eddie" style reputation, but the music shop was always great.

It will definitely be missed.

While the march of technology certainly had an impact, the store was located one block from Ground Zero. A lot of businesses in the area saw their traffic get crushed for months.

8 posted on 05/14/2014 7:55:34 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Zhang Fei

I’m sad. Never visited their physical location, but shopped them online many times.


9 posted on 05/14/2014 8:00:18 AM PDT by catbertz
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10 posted on 05/14/2014 8:01:07 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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"In between there were 37 years of climbing the corporate ladder....an unflagging passion for classic rock and old-school soul. Life."

Thanks for posting Zhang...great story on a great store...[sigh]

11 posted on 05/14/2014 8:02:20 AM PDT by virgil283 ('No king .... but King Jesus')
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To: Oratam
I'll always miss the uppity record store clerks with the earrings and "cooler-than-thou" attitudes as they sneered at my purchases and always had some obscure college band playing on the in-house stereo.

I wonder these types are doing for work these days. Oh yeah, they are down at the Starbucks. Well, I guess they are safe until Amazon.com figures out a way to deliver lattes and cappuccinos.

12 posted on 05/14/2014 8:02:25 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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Except for one individual, the J&R guys bucked the stereotype.

They were largely African-American students at nearby Pace University, who wore the J&R uniform shirt and were usually very helpful and respectful.

13 posted on 05/14/2014 8:19:59 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Zhang Fei

http://www.jr.com/

Sounds like they will be back in some form.


14 posted on 05/14/2014 8:23:38 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: Zhang Fei

I bought headphones from them via mail before the age of Amazon. They just couldn’t compete with the internet mega-companies AND pay high New York costs of doing business, too.


15 posted on 05/14/2014 8:28:19 AM PDT by DesScorp
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To: Zhang Fei

Sad news.


16 posted on 05/14/2014 8:38:07 AM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: SamAdams76
I wonder these types are doing for work these days. Oh yeah, they are down at the Starbucks. Well, I guess they are safe until Amazon.com figures out a way to deliver lattes and cappuccinos.

I already have a machine in my office that makes single-serve lattes and cappuccinos using packets. Why go to Starbucks?

17 posted on 05/14/2014 8:38:11 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: SamAdams76

cool cats who spoke only among themselves


18 posted on 05/14/2014 8:55:41 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: Zhang Fei

Good riddance!

I tried to buy a camera there several years ago and the manager lied to my face repeatedly even after I told him that I had caught him lying. I walked out and never went back.


19 posted on 05/14/2014 9:13:50 AM PDT by edwinland
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20 posted on 05/14/2014 9:23:16 AM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: SamAdams76
I'll always miss the uppity record store clerks with the earrings and "cooler-than-thou" attitudes as they sneered at my purchases

You mean like these guys?

21 posted on 05/14/2014 9:44:55 AM PDT by Moltke (Sapere aude!)
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To: Zhang Fei
I wish I had known about this. I used to work a block away from there, shopped there a lot. But my first external floppy drive for my Commodore 64 there with one of my first "real" pay checks. (Some cartridges, too)

Most recently was probably a couple Christmases back when I bought an electronic picture frame from them for my father for Christmas. he never used it, unfortunately.

22 posted on 05/14/2014 2:19:36 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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