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I should couch that in terms that I've never been able to afford to open locations, but we've done it anyway. The Colorado Springs area has long been her home. The family moved frequently. When she was very young, her father built a vacation house in Colorado where she spent vacations and summers.
When she was ten, her dad retired, moving the family west. In the mid to late s--her college years--she managed Misty Mountain Music in Salida, Colorado, then returned to Colorado Springs in , three years after Independent first opened. Taking a part-time job there, she was contemplating going to law school when she realized: "I just couldn't give it up. Since there are more than one or two stores in the Independent chain, the company takes a bit of slagging from consumers--those who want their retail as music industry-free as possible. But Negley doesn't hold with the idea that small chains can't be vital to consumers.
Anyway, retailers aren't agents of the industry.
For her, the music industry has always been mired in its own problems. At Independent, the approach to that dilemma means that they try very hard to overcome industry policies and tactics that effectively ruin music for consumers. That's more pronounced now than it ever has been, but it certainly has always been a huge issue. The adversarial relationship that the industry has with consumers is unprecedented.
It's so bizarre. If Toyota blamed their buyers for everything that went wrong with their cars, or because somebody bought some other car, it would be ridiculous. At Independent, "We really try to appeal to a broad spectrum. Our foundation is in urban music and heavy metal, but particularly urban. Unlike the music industry, predisposed as they are to force-feed consumers with the next platinum selling wish-it-could-be, Negley says, "We don't just choose the flavor of the month for our customers--we let the customers choose. If they couldn't sell music anymore, there's plenty of other types of merchandise that draws people in.
But we've always considered ourselves a lifestyle store, so we've always carried a lot of things besides music. CDs are actually an expensive product for retailers to buy and sell, Judy explains. Vinyl in the bins at the Independent Annex, Colorado Springs. So we have other things besides music.
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We've kind of gone against that downward music industry trend. Overall, our CD sales--as a percentage of sales--are holding pretty strong. It was such a positive event. We had so many people coming in just telling us how wonderful it was. We got this sense of…positive energy. People want to hear something positive. Why the record industry continues to get pulled out, selected as the failure of the decade, is beyond me because many things are threatened by many potential foes--not just the music industry.
It's just like payola. I mean, you walk into any doctor's office and everything they have in there is given to them by someone, whether they're sending them on some junket or whatever--it's never about the drug companies. That just means that the art form is more important--that people expect a certain threshold to be raised. Independent's Platte Avenue store in Colorado Springs. The threat to brick-and-mortar stores posed by the Internet isn't one that gets a tremendous amount of her attention.
Negley feels quite certain that people will always need actual places to shop. I don't know about you, but I do look on the Internet--shop for things, research things--but I don't wanna be just sitting in my house all the time. I love to go out and look at stuff and get it in my hands--the whole instant gratification thing. There's something just not as fulfilling about that [sitting in front of the computer]. I definitely feel that resurgence--I hear a lot of people talking about that, a lot of our customers. Younger generations--those Negley feels the music industry chose to overlook in favor of marketing almost exclusively to the baby boomers-- may not have the same feelings for physical stores that the boomers do.
But I think that it has always taken a tremendous amount of gumption to depend on a record store for your music--whether you own one or whether you work in one--it's always taken a certain degree of courage because it's never easy. I'm sure that maybe some people have done it better, and it's been easier for them, but for us, every day has been a little dicey.
That's part of what I love about it. The record store business is always kind of edgy. Edgy or not, owning their own buildings has proven to be an essential piece of their business plan. There's "a lot of overhead, tremendous inventories--it's very cash intensive, it's very labor intensive. There's a lot of things like that. I think there's so many things, yeah, that scare the living crap out of you.
Being a woman in a male-dominated field isn't one of those scary things. It's changed somewhat over the years, but not a lot.
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There's still a huge disparity between women in the workplace and men; and I feel it's more pronounced than possibly anything else, whether it be race, creed, color--whatever. I think the gender thing is a bigger thing. I wasn't raised that way, with those parameters, so I was never really intimidated by it. Sony, for example, as a distribution company--they were blatantly sexist.
It was always a good old boys club--lots of sexual innuendo and that kind of stuff. It doesn't bother me. I think it's ridiculous. I think we have a lot bigger concerns than somebody making an off-color joke. I'm anything but politically correct. There's a lot more hideous things happening than that.
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If I had to go to work somewhere where everybody was my age, I don't know, I think I would just slash my wrists. I like working around a youthful environment. It's fun and it's creative and it's innovative--they generally have more open minds. Negley sees more positive steps for Independent in the upcoming years. So, one way or another, we have to keep it going.
Photos and text apply to the former location for the Louisiana Music Factory. Many of us know that New Orleans is the birthplace of Louis Armstrong and jazz. Most of us also know that this fabled city is home to two of the biggest ever annual parties: Mardi Gras, and the Jazz and Heritage Festival.
And almost everyone who's ever been to New Orleans knows about Bourbon Street and the decorative wrought iron and stone of the French Quarter. At Decatur Street, just two blocks from the Mississippi River, across from the House of Blues, there's another great independent record store: the Louisiana Music Factory.
Well appreciated by visitors to this great city and residents alike, the store enjoys the distinction of being one of a few stores of its type in the French Quarter. Unlike some of the other area shops, at the Louisiana Music Factory, the accent is on local musicians and bands who live and work in this music rich city. The store first opened in , on North Peters Street. In , current owner Barry Smith, born and raised in the Crescent City, took on the full responsibility for the store when Brock left the area.