Princeton Record Exchange – 20 S. Tulane St., Princeton, NJ 08542
Recently returned to what has long been rated as one of America’s top record stores – Princeton Record Exchange. It was on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2010 list of the 31 best record stores in the US. And as the sign in the store’s window will tell you, on many others as well. As advertised, it had tons and tons of records (and Cds and cassettes for those interested). It had rock and soul and rap and 45s and more. But most of all it had PEOPLE! Old people, young people, men, women. In a record store. Unbelievable. According to one article, on an average weekday, 500-600 people visit the store, and double that amount on a weekend.
And it has it’s own Wikipedia Page!
And tons of press – about the store, its new owner and its history.
Like this 2015 article that appeared on NJ.com Classical Music: Princeton Record Exchange Still Thriving After 35 Years
This one appeared in the NY Times in 2008 In Princeton, An Offline Haven For Music Shoppers Thrives
And another 2015 article reporting on the sale of the store in the Princeton Planet Princeton Record Exchange Sold To Longtime Manager Jon Lambert/
And of course we bought a few records. Most happy with a Small Factory single (for the whopping price of $2.99 – did I say the records were reasonably priced?) So What About Love b/w We Will. If you want to hear some
Small Factory (but not these songs) follow the link. Or perhaps you & remember Ian Dury Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll? and quite a few others.