This story begins in 1877. It was in that year when a great guy, we owe much thanks to, invented something that changed the way we experience life. In 1877 a man named Thomas Edison invented the phonograph. This invention captured the sound that could be recorded and reproduced.
Edison initially used tinfoil over a grooved metal cylinder to make the first record. This was a sound-vibrated stylus that would leave indents in the tinfoil when the cylinder was rotated. At that point, one would be able to play the recording back immediately. Some years later Edison would use a hollowed wax cylinder instead of tinfoil.
Memories rush back to one as if it were the present when you hear a song that reminds you of a profound moment in your life. Any music from Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Donna Summers, or Elton John simply isn’t the same without the grooving rotating noise prior to the beginning of the song. I can tell you firsthand, that post song sound, still puts a smile on my face.
In the 50s, 60s, 70s and well into the mid to late 80s, we all had record players and a hefty album collection to waltz, twist, groove, disco and rock the night away to. Then it was around 1988 when all of that changed. CDs and Cassettes took over the sales of Vinyl records. Throughout the 20th century, vinyl was the go-to source for music reproduction, dominating the market for nearly a century.
In 1962 Phillip’s Cassette was released and vinyl had its first whiff of a real competitor. The digital equivalent was a portable contender that could rewind, fast forward, play, pause and stop with the touch of a button. Car makers jumped on this wave of music change too. In the 70s you were really cool and groovy if your car had an 8 track player. In the 80s you were totally an awesome rad dude if you had a cassette player to listen to Prince, Madonna, and rap for the first time.
When the power and convenience of the cassette tape hit the scene, the writing on the wall was clear, it gave us a glimpse into what the future would hold for vinyl.
In 1988 CD sales outnumbered vinyl for the first time. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, CD sales doubled those of vinyl, selling 150 million copies compared to vinyl’s 72 million. From 1988 to 1991, there was a distinct decline in vinyl sales. Slowly but surely, vinyls began disappearing more and more in stores.
In 2019 we miss “the good old days’ and we want our record players and vinyls. Perhaps it’s the distinct sound of the rotating grooves, perhaps it’s the ritual of finding the album and placing the needle on the record. For whatever reason, we demand our vinyls be returned! With this demand, comes our request fulfilled.
Josey Records in Farmers Branch has come to our rescue! We can thank Waric Cameron, Luke Sardello and JT Donaldson for coming together and giving us a wonderful gift in North Dallas. In 2014 Josey Records opened their doors that led us into a store that is over 15,000 square feet and holds a ton of awesomeness!
Josey Records owner Waric Cameron originally wanted to open a boutique, but when he and his friends discussed opening a record store, that idea seemed the best of the two.
“Dallas had no music in this fashion,” Cameron said.
When people walk through the doors of Josey Records, they are instantly hit with endless wall to wall space, and an endless barrage of vinyl, 45s and everything else in between.
In one corner sits a number of turntables, free for anyone to use if they would like to play a record from the shelves. In others, lie T-shirts and cheap records, along with places to sit and peruse music magazines.
In the 1970s, vinyl records were what iTunes is now. Josey Records has attempted to bring that culture back to North Texas, and they have been successful in doing so!
Be prepared to spend some quality time in these walls! I love EVERYTHING about this place! They have every generation, every style of music and items I totally forgot about! They also have books and they even have live entertainment! This place has it all, and most important, I saw every age in this place, so I really know how incredible this place really is!
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