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Closing Doors: The Demise of a Small Record Store
Music is an important part of most people's lives. For some, the love of music is greater than for others, but most everyone has a deep connection with a specific song or even genre of music. Ever since the invention of the phonograph, record stores have been the places people go to not only make their purchases but also to socialize and discover new music. Tragically, record stores are now vanishing quickly in all but the biggest cities in America. The impact of record company conglomeration, low prices at discount stores and file sharing via the Internet have put a stranglehold on the majority of small stores and even many large chains. Consumers are now faced with a decision that many probably never even recognize exists: they must either support the small record stores in their communities, or prepare for the extinction of an important part of American culture which many have taken for granted.
Closing Doors is a study of the challenges a small record store faces as the customers dwindle and the neon lights begin to flicker and fade into history.
Saturday, 2/23/08 from 1:30-2 a.m. ET
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