Documentation of an allergy attack in Chicago: Example 3. For my digging efforts I pulled three records: the (only?) LP by the Nervous Eaters, Slayed by Slade, and an LP of songs and music from Tibet on Ethnic Folkways that sounds very good and emotional.
Top Left: Morrissey in Chicago at the Your Arsenal Tour rehearsals January 1992 Top Right: Fan at Chicago Tower Records Morrissey in store signing before getting autograph tattooed Bottom: Grocery store adjacent to Chicago Tower Records Morrissey in store signing 1994. Photos by Richard Jopson
“Know anyone who wants to buy a record store?” - Bob Koester, owner of the Jazz Record Mart, Chicago
Jazz Record Mart, long billed as “The World’s Largest Jazz and Blues Record Store,” is up for sale while its founder searches for a possible new location.
“The rent is killing us,” said Bob Koester, 83, owner of the famous shop at 27 E. Illinois St.
“I want to die with the store. But it’s either phase it out or sell it. Phasing it out is not easy. Know anyone who wants to buy a record store?”
Koester, who began selling records in Chicago in the late 1950s and officially established the Jazz Record Mart name in 1962, said the store holds approximately “$400,000 worth of inventory.” Through the decades, the Jazz Record Mart has operated at a variety of locations.
Business-wise, “We’re doing OK,” said Koester, but a recent spike in rent has forced his hand.
Koester also owns the Chicago-based Delmark Records label, which has been documenting jazz and blues since 1953, starting in St. Louis.
“Delmark’s doing well,” said Koester, who expects his son to carry on that business in future years.