Why write a book about Atlanta record stores? The truth is that you get a singularly unique perspective on a city’s history, its culture, and its personality when viewed through the lens of a record store’s front window. I have often said that if you want to understand a society or a culture, just take a look at its pop culture, and music has always remained right there on the frontlines.

Atlanta is world-renowned as a hip-hop mecca, but a rich underground rock scene has been thriving here for decades. The hub of that world is the city’s record stores. Featuring decades-old institutions to shops that existed just long enough to leave an impact, Atlanta Record Stores is a rock-centric take on a hip-hop town, unfurling the secret history of music underdogs—outliers living among outliers—telling their stories in their native tongue. From Jarboe of SWANS to William DuVall of Alice in Chains and Neon Christ to Kelly Hogan, Gentleman Jesse Smith, Atlanta Braves organist Matthew Kaminski, and those surly characters behind the counter at Wuxtry, Wax ‘n’ Facts, Criminal, Ella Guru, Fantasyland, and more, all were drawn by the irresistible lure of vinyl records—all found their communities and their own identities, leaving an indelible mark on the culture of Atlanta.

Click below to purchase a signed copy of Atlanta Record Stores: An Oral History. $25 (postage paid).

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4 thoughts on “Atlanta Record Stores: An Oral History

  1. Not clear on how to order book. I know I can pay with venmo or paypal but due to previous fraud use neither. I do use zelle .

    I want to have purchase acknowledged before sending. Is their a form I should fill out!

    Thanks. Jean Carr. 404-323-3334


    1. Hello Jean,

      Thanks for your note. Zelle works for me. chad.a.radford@gmail.com is my address. I try to get books sent out within the next day or two of payment received. If you are in town, you can find the book for sale at Wax-N-Facts, Wuxtry, Criminal Records, Ella Guru, A Cappella Books, Virginia Highland Books … Happy to send one to you, though. Please remember to include your address and I’ll get it in the mail for you.

      Kind regards,

      Chad Radford


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