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171. Michael Byars

February 6th, 2011  |  Published in Backers
Kansas City, USA

I discovered “Sound It Out” through a random post by a random Facebook friend, and because music is most important to me I did a bit of investigating and instantly was drawn to it. It brought back great memories of a fantastic record store in my hometown: Recycled Sounds, which sadly closed its doors about four years ago. The music, the people, the in-store performances, and the sense of community among the staff and customers who all shared a love of sounds of all genres was a high water mark in my life, and although I’m not nearly as knowledgeable as many, my enthusiasm and admiration for those who make music has never dimmed.

The first and last records I bought:
The first record I bought with my own money … hmmmmm … I believe that would be the 45 of “Joy to the World” by Three Dog Night back in the early 70s.
The most recent vinyl purchase was the album “The Beatles Live at the Star Club in Hamburg.” Interesting that nearly forty years later, the album I just bought is actually older than the first single I bought when I was about nine!

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Glimmer Films in association with Sideshow present a film by Jeanie Finlay; SOUND IT OUT.

Over the last five years an independent record shop has closed in the UK every three days.

SOUND IT OUT is a documentary portrait of the very last surviving vinyl record shop in Teesside, North East England.

A cultural haven in one of the most deprived areas in the UK, SOUND IT OUT documents a place that is thriving against the odds and the local community that keeps it alive. Directed by Jeanie Finlay who grew up three miles from the shop.

A distinctive, funny and intimate film about men, the North and the irreplaceable role music plays in our lives.

High Fidelity with a Northern Accent.