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Longtime Longview store’s closing sign of shift in music sales

Longtime Longview store’s closing sign of shift in music sales
Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Monday, June 24, 2013 - 7:30pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 24, 2013 - 7:44pm

A constant soundtrack of classic rock plays in the background at CDs and More in Longview, setting the stage for what can only be described as a visit to the old school of record stores.

Old music posters. Handwritten signs. Stacks of vinyl records sitting in boxes, waiting for people to flip through them.

Does anyone even use that term anymore — record stores? But it’s how Tom Shomaker started his business in 1987, as East Texas Records on Texas 149. Six years later, he changed the name and moved the business into town, next to what was then the bustling North Loop Six movie theater.

It was 1993, and the first “Jurassic Park” was playing, Shomaker recalled. Moviegoers lined up past his store and around the corner to buy tickets.

Time passed, and soon, time will move on without CDs and More, without its collection of new and used CDs, records, DVDs and VHS tapes, T-shirts and video games.

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