I recall the excitement when first moved to LA at the prospect of going to
Murray's. Then I went. Dashed hopes. Only to be outdone by the music shop
on Highland at Santa Monica, with a shopkeeper even more arrogant than
Murray. I hate to see record (and book) shops close but when their "owner"
behaves as these folks have, give me the internet any day.
On Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 12:23 PM, Cary Ginell <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> The point differentiating "stock" from "collection" is well-taken in this
> case. To my knowledge, Murray as never been anything but a shopkeeper. He
> has no private collection to my knowledge and really isn't all that
> concerned with the finer points of discographical research as are serious
> collectors. He never worked hard to make his a better business. He just
> opened his doors and expected to sell his schlock for whatever ridiculous
> prices he posted on them. He has been reviled in L.A. for decades as being a
> grumpy, mean, brusque, and difficult person. The last time I visited his
> shop was maybe 25-30 years ago, when it was on Santa Monica Blvd. near
> Western, a bad part of town even then. What he's got now is most likely the
> same stuff, only rifled through even further. There may be some choice items
> that he set aside (some of which he has displayed during interviews), but I
> can almost guarantee that they are a miniscule percentage of his holdings
> and certainly not representative of all that is there. If his business were
> doing well, he wouldn't need to find a new profession at his advanced age.
> He could have just dumped what was left and gone off to some island in
> blissful retirement. But creating a new image of himself as a "lovable old
> coot" on TV shows is easier for him and probably earns him a much better
> income than selling records. If these records end up in a land fill
> somewhere, they probably won't be missed.
> Cary Ginell