Generation Records Greenwich Village NYC
Open – 210 Thompson Street, Greenwich Village New York 10012
Founded in 1992, Generation Records is one of the last men standing in what was once a vibrant record store scene in Greenwich Village, including its since departed sister store Bleecker Street Records (and its cats). It specializes in punk, hardcore and metal, but carries a wide range. The store also offers posters, t-shirts and cds.
Make sure you hit the basement. I always had good luck down there. I can still remember buying a copy of Wire – 154, and the Fuzztones – Leave your Mind at Home there, and many others. I still remember how pissed the store clerk was when I picked up the Wire record – as he loved playing it in the store.
Here’s a video of Generation Records on Record Store Day 2010 with a live in-store performance by the Budos band of Budos Rising. The Budos are progenitors of ‘Staten Island Afro-Soul.” Our videographer was also kind enough to give you a nice tour of the store, while filming the band. Surely makes you want to check out the Budos band, if not Generation Records. And that’s why you go to record stores in the first place – to hear something you don’t know.
Or perhaps the Bouncing Souls is more your cup of tea?
And here’s a link to an article in Glide Magazine in 2015 Vinyl Lives Generation Records New York New York Record Store Day 2015 Edition interviewing the record buyer at Generation, who describes its selection.
And another that appeared in October 2018 in the Washington Square News, the NYU student paper, titled In the Village, Generation Records Banks on a Future for Vinyl interviewing current store owner Mark Yoshitomi about the store and some of the bands that played in-store performances there.