SAN MARCOS, Texas — It was the 1970s, and for one hour, Bobby Barnard was in charge of the register at Budget Tapes & Records in Houston. His brother had left for a nearby warehouse to pick up a shipment of new music, leaving Barnard to help customers and control the store's needle. He put on Pink Floyd's "Meddle."
The store sold out before Barnard's brother returned. When he swapped the record for "Electric Warrior" by T. Rex, the record was among the stacks customers walked out with. That sold out, too. By the end of the hour, Barnard had sold $300 worth of music.
"It shows you the power of a great rock record," said Barnard, who now owns Sundance Records & Tapes in San Marcos. "What a record store is about is turning people on to great music."
Now it's 2012, and great music persists. But the customers don't. Barnard is closing his iconic store just off the city square.
"It's time," he said.
Information from Austin American-Statesman