Saturday, February 9, 2008
What's an LP?
Thos of you old enough to have been around before CDs, iPods, MP3s, digital recorders, iTunes, etc. probably remember LPs (short for long-playing). Remember the great covers that most of the albums had? I know a few people who frame and display their favorite album covers even today.
I found a wall filled with old album covers (above) in McKay's Used Books and CDs in Nashville. McKay's has quickly become one of my favorite places to browse. They have thousands of books, all neatly arranged on plain, wooden shelves (nothing fancy). In addition, they have CDs, audio books, books on tape, movies, and video games.
Because they are used, the books come in all kinds of conditions, but I've yet to find one in really bad shape. Most of the ones I've bought have actually looked almost brand new. Prices are great . . . I've paid as little as 10 cents for a paperback. One book that I need for my class is running $5-7 used online (plus shipping), and I found it in like new condition at McKay's for $1.
They buy books, CDs, audio books, etc. You can get cash or trade for your stuff. Of course, what they give you depends on the condition of the item, how old the title is, etc. They don't buy everything, but they are fair.
And, they have a bin in front of the store where they put "FREE BOOKS." Anyone can take anything out of the bins. While you might not want some of the stuff in there for reading, you could use it for paper art. There are a lot of paper artists out there that use book pages in collage work.
Back to the album covers. . . .How many do you recognize?