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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

While browsing through the New York Times music section today, I came across a story about record stores and the lack thereof. After reading, it definitely got me thinking about how many I have (or have not) seen around my area.

Rock the vinyl. Photo by Kate Langenburg.

Rock the vinyl. Photo by Kate Langenburg.

It is true that the invention of the internet, the compact disc, and the ability to purchase online have severely slowed down the sales of vinyl records. Of course, the fact that they are “old fashioned” doesn’t help either. A younger generation refuses to see anything past what they grew up with. But then why is it that many new artists have decided to put out their music on vinyl? There is certainly a love affair with the archaic sound quality.

I have to admit, I love the sound a vinyl record gives me. It is so genuine and pure with no technology to doctor it up. But that article I read, called “Record Stores: Out of Sight, Not Obsolete,” is right. Vinyl is hard to find these days. I can only think of a handful of stores that carry records within a 35 miles radius…but perhaps that is more than other areas around the country might have.

There’s just something so intriguing about spending hours at the local record shop, picking through every last old vinyl until you’ve finally found the right 20 or 30 to take home. It’s a past time that, hopefully, will never die.

If you live anywhere near the Stroudsburg, PA area, you might want to check out Main Street Jukebox. They are the best local record shop I can think of and have always been on a campaign to save vinyl records. They buy whole collections and have a pretty huge vinyl area to look through. Check it out and help save the record!

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Yesterday, the National Geographic Society announced that it will begin to release and sell some of its unseen photographs. Those pictures will come from a collection of work from the 20th century, ranging from people to animals to landscape designs.

One of the many photographs National Geographic has released. Photo from nytimes.com.

One of the many photographs National Geographic has released. Photo from nytimes.com.

For right now, all the photographs being released will be black and white. After they’ve focused on those prints, they will begin to release color pictures as well.

William Bonner, the Society’s archivist, thinks it’s a shame that so many beautiful pictures have gone unseen by the public. Most were never published in National Geographic Magazine.

View the slideshow of some of the newly released photographs.

Unfortunately, for those of us who are counting the change in our pockets, most of the photographs’ prices will be anywhere between $3,000 and over $10,000.

Perhaps part of the reason for this is that many of the photographs the Society has are the originals — that means only one copy. Obviously, prints will be made for selling, but in the art world, there’s nothing like jacking up the price of a work of art.

The new photographs from the National Geographic Society will be put on display in the Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea, NY. The artwork will premiere on September 17, 2009 and will feature 150 vintage prints.

Still want to find out more? Read the full New York Times article ‘Treasures from an Underground Trove.’

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