Playlist Project: Marc Weinstein

Shaping a Life
Marc Weinstein, Co-­founder of Amoeba Music

These records represent new releases that had a tremendous impact on me growing up. In my generation, those of us who cared the most about music had a spiritual experience far greater than anything we could experience in a church or temple. In those days, kids listened to records together and took in the experience as the artist intended, playing songs according to the album’s order and looking at the cover artwork. Each year a new generation of teenagers experienced life through a slightly different lens, influenced by their current music inspiration. I went to high school from 1971 to 1975. I have so much in common, culturally and spiritually, with anyone who went to school at the same time because of the music! Music contributed more to who we were and who we'd become than anything else.

I was lucky enough to get a record store job right out of high school, deepening my interest and access to new styles and artists. I became convinced that music was the most important artistic medium to relate to other people. LPs, like magazines, were generally seen as something ephemeral to represent a fleeting time in history. Today they are cultural artifacts often attached to important history.

In college, I became interested in jazz, but punk and new wave were about to hit. This set of events represented the single most exciting phase of my personal growth. After college, having worked at record stores for years, I moved to Berkeley, where I found a job in one of the dozen or so great record stores near the UC campus. By that time, I had amassed a collection of nearly 2000 LPs and that's where this crate list ends. My collection has since grown to 6000.

Co-­founder of Amoeba Music, Marc Weinstein has been a drummer and record store clerk for thirty-­eight years. A firm believer in the power of music, he also holds that LPs are the best way to experience music short of a live performance.

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