Shattered Records neon sign
4 Comments on “Shattered Records neon sign”
Amazing! What an admirable and painstaking effort by the tube bender! Google street view archival photos indicate that the sign was often in disrepair, sadly. The LA Times article says the shop was about to close in 2002, yet the sign remained in the window and stayed (partly) lit until at least 2011. Would love to know what happened to it after that.
I don’t know what happened to the sign but I do have some info on what happened to Frank. In the early to mid 90s he has pretty much given hope on the shop as I remember he saying the last time I saw him in the shop “nobody collects records like they used to so what can I do”. At this point it didn’t really resemble a record store any more though he would pull our a few boxes from the back of random old inventory to browse through. I still have some of his wife/girlfriend’s? handwritten receipts and price tags which I genuinely treasure for their sentimental value. And I will NEVER part with ANY record I ever bought there for the same reason. Anyways, back to the store, at that point it was mostly filled with his second love, antiques, primarily old cash registers. And as for the next visit, no music at all in the store :( what became any music stock he had left he told me sold to Amoeba records in California.
kevin, i still have the sign and it works. thanks for supporting the store.
Frank! You’re still with us! I’m still with us!
Regards Paul (Epsom Record Centre)