thursday in the hood

when Virgin Records Megastore in Union Square
(dont you wonder what will happen to this 'art' that welcomed record hunters?)
closed for business on Sunday, June 14

This note was on the door:

The Virgin Megastore is closed forever
The music industry is dead, but
the music is doing just fine.

this photo by Jeff Baum

31 comments:

  1. Didn't realize that the store was closing. News to me.

    That art work - looks like an exploding lollipop. Unusual.

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  2. We had a moment of silence here. Wonder if it is the end of the cd...?

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  3. wow ! I love this note, "...the music is doing just fine"
    I hate to hear businesses suffer, but art is what keeps us all going. the person who wrote this seems to have a good perspective at least!

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  4. we discovered the virgin store is closed in costa mesa/newport beach california this past weekend while we were vacationing there. i was wondering if it was just that location but now your post confirms it isn't. hmmm

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  5. Definitely an interesting piece of art. Initially it looked like a fairy wand to me!

    I'm not surprised record businesses are going under, there is so much new technology and many bands are putting out their music themselves.

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  6. Fascinating...the music industry is certainly going through massive changes...it will be interesting to see how it all shakes out...

    Love the photos!

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  7. sorry to see this. Yes, I'm sure it's pretty much the end of the CD. But the music WILL survive.

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  8. I'm such a dinosaur, I still call them albums and wish I could go to the record store

    hope the art ends up somewhere

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  9. That art work is crazy beautiful.

    The whole industry is shifting. The last two shows I went to weren't handled through ticket master. I wonder if this will be a positive change...

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  10. Such a sad day...really.. Maybe they should chunk it up and sell it like the Berlin Wall or something.

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  11. Very sad - I love visiting record stores. Especially, Waterloo Records in Austin, Texas.

    I hope the art finds a good home!

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  12. I suppose sometimes we innovate ourselves too far for our own good. But - doors are opening at the same time. So much opportunity for struggling musicians (writers/artists/etc) right now. So. Change.

    Every time I come to your blog I want to move to New York. Today in my New York life, I'm wearing a yellow raincoat with matching yellow rain boots and cute rain hat. Tomorrow, same outfit, but all in red. The babies, of course, are in matching prams.

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  13. I wonder if they'll keep the art up for a part of history.

    The note says it all. It took forever for me to get used to vinyl being gone and even CDs are starting to go by the way with downloads plus that thingamagiggy that everyone but me has which is how they get their music now. I still listen to CDs, vinyl albums, and cassettes. I guess I'm a dinosaur.

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  14. Wow - I've been to the London and Chicago V Megastores. Had no idea the NY store was closing. Surprising. Hope the art gets to stay.

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  15. yikes! another institution making a bad landing! somebody is going to end up with a huge piece of art!

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  16. Sad times in the music industry. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to stand very much of the new music that has come out in the last ten years. Coincidence?

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  17. Love the artwork. I wonder just what will happen to it now?

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  18. great image...industry many times ruins art...sigh

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  19. It seems like all the cools stores are closing.

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  20. Virgin Records cosed! That is a huge SHOCK! I would have never thought that something so iconic would be pushing up daisies.

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  21. Music will survive. But the art of browsing?

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  22. Wow. I suppose companies like iTunes are putting a lot of music people out of business. And I guess the newspapers are going to be the next to fold.

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  23. Your post and everyone's comments make me think that a real end to an era is close at hand...CDs, newspapers and the post office....what else?

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  24. WOW! Didn't realize they were closing down. That's sad.

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  25. Makes me wish I had a bigger place. That's a cool piece of artwork, but it looks like it's the size of my house. Virgin has (had?) a great label. *sigh* Moon Martin, X-Ray Spex, The Motors... Great photos of a sad occasion. Cue the Don McLean.

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