23 August 2016

Aquarius Records.... Bites the Dust.... RIP

 Many years ago I was in San Francisco (year 2000 Nov/Dec). Besides being the capital of US Psychedelia back in the 1960s at the Haight-Astbury area, it has been one of the most important musical capitals of the world: the punk, post-punk and industrial scenes of the late 1970s and early 1980s, the home to one of the most vital countercultural publishing houses, RE/Search which introduced the world to the wonderful but sometimes scary insider peeps into Industrial culture, West Coast punk, William S Burroughs/Brion Gysin, JG Ballard, tattoos and body art, feminism, and so many more. It also housed one of the oldest and legendary record shops in the US:Aquarius Records. The shop which was old enough to drink, in terms of its years of existence on this planet. It was on Valencia Street. But after two hours of frantic walking around and asking, I did not manage to locate it. I thought to myself, oh well, I would come back again to S.F. and I would find it the next time round. I guess I cannot fulfil this now. RIP Aquarius Records. You can find this if you go to their website:

ATTENTION DEAR CUSTOMERS. Sorry to say, we're no longer in business - our pals at Stranded/Superior Viaduct have taken over the shop at 1055 Valencia St., and will have a new website up soon. Please read our most recent "in-between list" (link below) for more information on this big change. Thanks everybody who has been a friend or supporter over the years, we'll miss you all!! Wish we could have kept going forever, but things change. Five hundred and two lists, though, that's not bad... And local folks, don't worry, you'll still see many of your favorite aQ staffers at work behind the counter at the new Stranded store!

No comments: