The Last Day of Atomic!

March 15, 2009 — 2 Comments


Me & My Favorite Record Store

Me & My Favorite Record Store


Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty


The Lion's Final Roar

The Lion's Final Roar

I stopped by Atomic today, its last day, twice. I stopped on my way to work because I wanted to one more time feel some of the anticipation that I used have, waiting for that door to open.  It was quiet and peaceful, at rest.  Not open for 4 hours.  

I then returned after work, already knowing that the records that I had held out on were already in the clutches of someone a little less in need of a bargain than I. I wanted to look through the stacks just once more, hoping to find something rare, something I would treasure.  I wanted to breathe it in one last time, see that group of people that made shopping for music an experience.  

I had my camera along so I snapped the above pictures and a few more of the outside and in, the posters and walls, the crazed and quick fingered seekers. And I thought as I left that I would like to take a picture with Rich the owner, Mark the clerk that “is” Atomic to me, but I realized that I don’t need pictures to memorialize this. All of the sensory remembrances of Atomic Records are stored in my head.  Those will last longer.

2 responses to The Last Day of Atomic!

    onetwothreefourfivesixsevendays March 16, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Sad day for our neighborhood(s), but memories–and the many albums and posters and t shirts over the years–will last a lifetime. You probably could have worn a clean pair of jeans, though; it’s almost like going to a funeral.

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