Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Bowie's Days As A Record Store Clerk

A sweet reminiscence from David Bowie about his days working as a record store clerk.

A record shop was just about the coolest place one could hang out in back then — perhaps not quite as cool as a coffee bar or the burger-selling innovation known as the Wimpy Bar, but it ran a very close second. People who were “aware” were attracted to record shops.

There really was no bigger thrill than telling somebody who needed impressing, “You really have to hear this”, as I pulled out the latest by Nervous Norvis. I quickly realised that to recommend was an intoxicating power and it’s something that gives me a true buzz to this day.

I fear that someday this will rank alongside memories of working as a blacksmith -- a quaint tale of a lost tradition. But it was fun while it lasted.

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