Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Record Store #1: Flipside!!!

One of my favorite record stores that is still standing today is Flipsideon 14 Mile and Main St. in Clawson. In high school, my friends and I used to love to go up there and sell some of our CDs that we got sick of and buy some new or used CDs. I loved being able to listen to some of the used CDs at a listening station before I decided if I wanted to buy it. In addition to their huge selection of music, they also had fun memorabilia and comic book stuff to look at. 

This is one of the few record stores in the area that is still open and standing strong. I got a chance to ask Todd from Flipside a few questions about the shop and what they have going on for Record Store Day this Saturday. Here's what he had to say:

Hip In Detroit - How long has your store been open?

Todd - "Flipside has been open for over 30 years. We’ve been in our current location for 29 Years." 
Hip In Detroit - What's your favorite part about working at a Record Store? If you are the owner, what made you want to open a Record Store?

Todd - "My favorite part about working in a record store is that it provides the opportunity to come into contact with so much music. If I worked in a different field that most likely wouldn’t happen. I am the owner. My father opened the store at urgings from his kids as we were always into music and the there was only one other record store that bought and sold used records back in the early 80’s."

Hip In Detroit -Do you guys have anything special planned for Record Store Day?
Todd - "Flipside has many things planned for RSD. We’re having 5 local bands playing between 12pm-5pm, as well as an acoustic performance at 11am. We’re giving away free pizza and pop while the bands are playing. Also they’re be sales going on in every area of our store: Records, CDs, Video Games, DVDs, Toys, Etc. You know percentages off BOGO that kind of thing."

Hip In Detroit - Which Record Store Day special releases are you most excited about?
Todd - "I guess the Iggy and MC5 things are exciting because of their local affiliation but for me the DEvo live from 1981 is gonna be cool or the Amanda Palmer 7” or the… It’s gonna be a Great day!"

Hip In Detroit - This is a tough one... What is your favorite record of all time???
Todd - "My favorite record of all time… That IS difficult. I’m a classic rock kind of guy so I’m gonna go with The Who’s Quadrophenia."

Flipside is located at 41 East Fourteen Mile Road, Clawson, MI 48017. If you have any questions or want more info you can visit their Facebook or call 248-585-4090!


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