EDISON’S A LIGHTHOUSE
I am a Spanish RC subscriber and long-time reader. I really appreciate your hard, serious and passionate work. As the French say, “Chapeau!” I have worked as an executive for 23 years and I’d probably be dead if not for hundreds of little getaways to enjoy record stores, fairs, car boot sales, flea markets and really loyal friends of music, vinyl and nice conversation all around Spain, England, France, Holland, USA, Brasil, Argentina…
But coming back to Spain, after 40 years buying (not selling) records, I am sorry that I now have a sad opinion of how some owners and staff in record stores have lost interest nowadays for me here (Catalonia and Barcelona where I live included). But certainly there are still some delightful and exciting reasons for living this world like the eternal Mr Matias and his Edison’s record shop in Barcelona’s Riera Baixa street. A loveable man in his mid-60s alone behind the counter for more than 30 years, he is honest and melancholic but always there to hear you, help you and push your mood up with his humility and sympathetic attitude. Shelves and shelves full of LPs, singles, cassettes, CDs, boxes with painted flags to identify which country the music is, some different sections for different styles and a lot of mixed stuff that seems to be there waiting for you to order it, fill your curiosity and find the gem you have been looking for all your life.
by Juan Candelas
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