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I Need That Record Documentary Details Indie Record Stores' Struggles and Survival

Okay, so we don't think independent record stores in South Florida are

going anywhere -- hello, Sweatstock, Record Store Day -- but that

doesn't mean they're thriving everywhere else in the country. That's

what I Need That Record: The Death or Possible Survival of the Independent Record Store is out there to prove, anyway.

The documentary, which was released everywhere on DVD this past Tuesday, chats up

music greats like Thurston Moore, Mike Watt, Ian MacKaye, Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith Group), Pat Carney (The

Black Keys), and many more about the future of independent record

stores. Noam Chomsky (!) and various rock photographers and critics also appear and opine. 

But before you go crying into a box of Kleenex, this doc isn't all sadness.

Yes, main message touches upon why over 3,000

independent record stores have closed across the U.S. in the past

decade. Of course greedy record labels, homogenized radio, E-commerce, and the

digital revolution are all named as threats, but there are some surprises as well. What's more, the film details how many have, in the face of all of this, survive.

The film's director, Brendan Toller, made the movie as a part of his

thesis project when he was a student at Hampshire College. He told Rolling Stone:

"For music fans, going to stores is the center of your social universe.

It's the same community of people that sit in sports bars or bookstores.

We're social beings but it's harder and harder to support local

business if prices aren't affordable."

If you didn't catch the film's limited theatrical release, ask a local store like Sweat to special-order it! Check out the trailer for the film below.

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Christine Borges