The Record Store Book

by Mike Spitz and Rebecca Villaneda

In 2011, Mike Spitz began photographing more than forty record stores in and around the greater Los Angeles area, rich with old and new record shops, to capture the lively experience of going to the used record store, discovering that rare vinyl record, cassette or 8-track tape, memorabilia, vintage concert posters, turntables, nostalgia and other music-related gems. Colorful imagery shot on film and in-depth interviews with store owners illustrate how each American independent record store has a unique and vibrant culture that cultivates a communal gathering place for human interaction, exploration and discovery. In chronological order from the oldest existing stores, such as Canterbury Records that opened in 1956 in Pasadena or Music Man Murray Records that opened in 1962, to the most recently opened stores, The Record Store Book respectfully marks the “changing of the guard” from the older to the newer generation of stores as each owner shares facts, store history, and distinctive points of view regarding how people search for, find and appreciate music.

Rare Bird Books, A Rare Bird Book
Paperback, 2015: 9781940207650
US $29.95 | Photography

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When Mike Spitz was eleven years old, his father bought him a 1960s red sparkle Ludwig drum kit, which he played in a jazz big band and funk and rock group throughout high school. He hosted various radio shows in high school and college before he began to write and direct independent movies, such as Taking Hy and Dreams of Buses. Eventually, Mike found his artistic home in still photography. He has published several photography books and exhibited his work in galleries.He is a founding member of the F9 Gallery in Los Angeles, and his photographs have been seen at Artists Haven Gallery, Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, and the Infusion Gallery. His most recent exhibitions include the Julia Dean Photo Center Gallery in Los Angeles, the 2012 International Juried Show at the North Valley Art League in Redding, California, the Los Angeles Brewery Spring Art Walk, and the ADC Contemporary Art Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, CA. He lives in Los Angeles. See more at

Rebecca Villaneda is a Los Angeles-born writer educated in southern and northern California. She now lives in Santa Barbara, Calif. She is the youngest of four children, all first-generation Americans. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism at San Jose State University, and became a writer to raise awareness of social and environmental issues, and because her mother’s passion for the written word was contagious. She was a staff writer for the national online magazine,, where politicians and international entrepreneurs were her subject matters. These personality types, coupled with musicians, philanthropists, and scientist, have given Rebecca a strong versatile foundation in the art of interviewing. Her first book, a collection of autobiographical short stories titled “Stories 4 Women,” was a collaboration with three other writers released in November 2010. She lives in Los Angeles.