Want to get your hands on French Canadian acoustic folk recordings put out by Radio Canada? How about some obscure, early '90s hip-hop singles and demos? Are '70s-era rock artists that never caught on to major labels something that sounds like it deserves a spin on a record player?
If your curiosity is piqued, Rick Wojcik, owner of Dusty Groove records, has you covered. On Sept. 8, the record shop owner plans to line his sidewalk at 1120 N. Ashland Ave. with thousands of records--many of which will be tough to find anywhere else--that he purchased in late June from WGN Radio.
The collection, which amounts to about 45,000 LPs, 45s and some CDs, grew too large and too dated to be kept in WGN's Tribune Tower studios. While no value was given to the collection, Northwestern University associate professor of communications Rick Morris told the Tribune the pile of vinyl is "absolutely priceless."
"Some of the really rare and unusual stuff we’re keeping in the main store,” Wojcik said. But aside from some of those rare Bob Dylan recordings, he said almost everything will be up for grabs, with LPs selling for 50 cents and 45s for 25 cents.
"It was ... amazing that the records were there and nobody had thought to move them for years," he said of the collection, for which he was the highest bidder.
The 125-foot sidewalk sale will be just around the corner from the Renegade Craft Fair on Sept. 8, and will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The records date back as early as the 1950s, with the CD collection running through the late-'90s. Wojcik said he hopes vintage music enthusiasts help clear his clogged inventory, and has even decided to donate some of the recordings to the Chicago Independent Radio Project.
“It’s just more than we could handle,” he said.
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