Sydney Record Stores of the Past

Vanessa Berry Мир

On Record Store Day I went record shopping in the city. This is something I have done for around twenty years, since the early 1990s when I was a teenager. Music was a magic door into another world for me in my early teenage years and my first explorations of the city on my own terms were through record stores.  I still navigate by them, even though they have all either moved or disappeared from their 1990s locations. The city for me today is a patchwork of what used to be, a mental map where past overlays present. This is a common feeling  for anyone who has known a city for any length in time: cities are by nature dynamic, and what is carries the shadow of what was.

Here is the invisible map of the record stores that I remember from the 1990s. There may be more, and others…

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