Music News Articles in Ephrata, PA

Hot Wax - Record Connection - Ephrata PA
HOT WAX; Ephrata record-store owner devotes half of his store to a huge collection of classic rock of the '60s -- 100,000 vinyl records, in all. He also has customers from around the world.

Patricia Poist-Reilly. Lancaster New Era. Lancaster, Pa.: Sep 9, 2002. pg. 1

(Copyright 2002 Lancaster Newspapers)

Andy Kamm was 8 years old in 1968 when he came across one of the first Beatles albums that his parents had purchased a couple of years before.

It was in 1968 when he found the "Meet the Beatles" album and he remembers the thrill of listening to "I Want to Hold your Hand" and "I Saw Her Standing There." Read more

Vinyl Conflict - Record Connection - Ephrata PA
Record Stores not dead yet Vinyl conflict

Patrick Burns. Intelligencer Journal. Lancaster, Pa.: Jan 23, 2007. pg. A.7

(Copyright 2007 Lancaster Newspapers)

Mark Glessner, owner of 52-year-old Stan's Record Bar, might be considered the grandfather of all the local independent record shops. Unfortunately, there are no grandchildren to speak of. "Fourteen years ago there were 5,000 record stores in this country," Glessner said. "As of last month there are less than 1,800." Of the handful of record stores remaining in Lancaster County, only Stan's and Record Connection in Ephrata Township can be considered true specialty music retailers.

Glessner, who in 1980 purchased Stan's, 48 N. Prince St., said the pending doom of the record store became evident in the early 1990s. That's when the recording industry hinted it was losing interest in its traditional record shop distribution system. Wal-Mart, Target, Circuit City and now account for about 62 percent of all music sold in the United States, not counting download sales, Glessner said. "Before, record companies would call and ask how a new album was selling and ask if you needed anything like posters to help sales," Glessner. "But they stopped calling in 1995." Stan's survives ... Read more