The ARChive of Contemporary Music, which aims to collect two copies of all popular recordings released in America since 1950, will be hosting its semi-annual record and CD sale, with 20,000 items, all third copies, on offer from Sat., June 10 to Sun., June 18.
ARChive began in 1981, collecting music that Director Bob George says, No one else wanted. Punk, hip hop, world music, new wave. They said this wasnt music. A few decades later it would be hard to find someone willing to champion that sentiment.
Record companies, including Legacy, Columbia, and Verve, all send product over just for the purpose of the sale. Often its junk, George jokes, but sometimes its really good. Rock and pop tracks make up most of the sale, but the recent closing of Footlight Records, which donated their back stock, means a number of soundtracks will be available. There should be plenty of classical music as well, because ARChive does not keep classical in their collection.
The sale is located in ARChives warehouse at 54 White St, and will be open every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDs are priced from $1-$5, just released CDs are being sold for $5-$10. Cassettes are $1, or 12 for $10 and a large number of LPs will be on sale for $1 as well.