Sunday, July 5, 2009

land of the lost

When I was back home in Lynchburg, I stopped by River Ridge Mall. It was sad to see all the closed stores and Macy's with no customers. The mall was never dead like that on a Friday night in the 90s.

FYE (previously Record Town) was out of Michael Jackson CD's. If you wanted to reserve one, there was a $5 deposit. I remember buying the cassette single to "Scream" for 99 cents there the day it came out. I was embarrassed to buy it then. The man who rang it up for me still works there. There are no longer cassettes in FYE nor a spot for singles. In the wake of Michael's death, it's ever more apparent that the era he came from--where pop music consumption could be an event-- is over.

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