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[[Image:Charlemagne Record Exchange.jpg|right|thumb|375px|Charlemagne Records in January 2009]]
 
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'''Charlemagne Record Exchange''' is a used record store in the [[Five Points South]] neighborhood of [[Birmingham]].  Located at 1924½ [[11th Avenue South]], Charlemagne is owned by siblings [[Marian McKay Rosato]] and [[Mike McCay]].
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'''Charlemagne Record Exchange''' was a used record store located at at 1924½ [[11th Avenue South]] in [[Birmingham]]'s [[Five Points South]] neighborhood of [[Birmingham]].
  
[[Jimmy Griffin]], a fixture in the store and a Charlemagne corporate officer, is locally known for his encyclopedic knowledge of recorded music.
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Charlemagne was founded by siblings [[Marian McKay Rosato]] and [[Mike McCay]] along with [[Gary Bourgeois]] in the summer of [[1977]], renting space at [[the Garages]] on [[10th Terrace South]] and selling records out of peach crates. Marian McKay envisioned the business not only as a used record shop, but as a place to freely exchange recordings. The atmosphere was inspired by Rasputin Records in Berkeley, California and an informally-run dress shop in the shadow of Notre-Dame in Paris. The name came from Steely Dan's "Kid Charlemagne", which was playing while the three discussed the new venture.
  
== History ==
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Within three months, the shop moved to its long-time Five Points location. The three partners originally allowed themselves $30 a week salary, but the business was successful and soon allowed each of them to take home $100 a week. Marian McKay's cockatoos, Preté and Sonny, were fixtures at the store.  [[Jimmy Griffin]], who joined on as a corporate officer, was widely admired for his encyclopedic knowledge of recorded music.  
Charlemagne was founded by the McKay siblings and [[Gary Bourgeois]] in the summer of [[1977]], renting space at [[the Garages]] on [[10th Terrace South]]. The business was envisioned not only as a used record shop, but as a place to freely exchange recordings. The atmosphere was inspired by Rasputin Records in Berkeley, California and an informally-run dress shop in the shadow of Notre-Dame in Paris. The name came from Steely Dan's "Kid Charlemagne", which was playing while the three discussed the new venture.
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The three partners originally allowed themselves $30 a week salary, but the business was successful and soon allowed each of them to take home $100 a week. Before long the shop moved to its present upstairs location on [[11th Avenue South]]. Record trades now only account for a tenth of Charlemagne's business as sales of new and collectible rock, jazz and blues LPs, CDs, cassettes and DVDs have taken front stage.
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Bourgeois left Charlemagne in [[2001]] to teach English at [[Miles College]]. After two years he returned to the record business with [[Renaissance Records]] a block away. By [[2011]] record trades only accounted for a tenth of Charlemagne's business, as sales of new and collectible rock, jazz and blues LPs, CDs, cassettes and DVDs took front stage. In the 2010s interest in vinyl resurged and Charlemagne's business was boosted by internet sales and annual "Record Store Day" events.
  
Bourgeois left Charlemagne in [[2001]] to teach English at [[Miles College]]. After two years he returned to the record business with [[Renaissance Records]] a block away.
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==References==
 
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== References ==
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* Duvall, Lynn (August 1994) "Birmigham, Alabama 35205" {{B&W}}, rpt. in Verna Gates, ed. "[http://www.vernagates.com/article_files/history_southside.pdf A History of Southside in 7 1/2 Minutes or Less]"
 
* Duvall, Lynn (August 1994) "Birmigham, Alabama 35205" {{B&W}}, rpt. in Verna Gates, ed. "[http://www.vernagates.com/article_files/history_southside.pdf A History of Southside in 7 1/2 Minutes or Less]"
 
* Haden, Courtney (July 15, 2009) "Charlemagne and Renaissance Records celebrate mid-summer & other anniversaries." ''Birmingham Weekly''
 
* Haden, Courtney (July 15, 2009) "Charlemagne and Renaissance Records celebrate mid-summer & other anniversaries." ''Birmingham Weekly''
 
* Moore, Tamika (March 13, 2011) "Eight-track inspiration." {{BN}}
 
* Moore, Tamika (March 13, 2011) "Eight-track inspiration." {{BN}}
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* Thornton, William (August 25, 2017) "40 years of vinyl dreams at Birmingham's Charlemagne Record Exchange." {{BN}}
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* "Charlemagne Record Exchange closing at end of month." (December 3, 2019) WBRC.com
  
== External Links ==
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[[Category:Former record stores]]
{{Locate | lat= 33.500547 | lon=-86.796787 | zoom=16 | type=h }}
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* [http://www.myspace.com/charlemagnerecordexchange Charlemagne Record Exchange] on MySpace.com
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[[Category:Record stores]]
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[[Category:11th Avenue South]]
 
[[Category:11th Avenue South]]
 
[[Category:Five Points South]]
 
[[Category:Five Points South]]
 
[[Category:1977 establishments]]
 
[[Category:1977 establishments]]
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[[Category:2019 disestablishments]]

Revision as of 12:39, 3 December 2019

Charlemagne Records in January 2009

Charlemagne Record Exchange was a used record store located at at 1924½ 11th Avenue South in Birmingham's Five Points South neighborhood of Birmingham.

Charlemagne was founded by siblings Marian McKay Rosato and Mike McCay along with Gary Bourgeois in the summer of 1977, renting space at the Garages on 10th Terrace South and selling records out of peach crates. Marian McKay envisioned the business not only as a used record shop, but as a place to freely exchange recordings. The atmosphere was inspired by Rasputin Records in Berkeley, California and an informally-run dress shop in the shadow of Notre-Dame in Paris. The name came from Steely Dan's "Kid Charlemagne", which was playing while the three discussed the new venture.

Within three months, the shop moved to its long-time Five Points location. The three partners originally allowed themselves $30 a week salary, but the business was successful and soon allowed each of them to take home $100 a week. Marian McKay's cockatoos, Preté and Sonny, were fixtures at the store. Jimmy Griffin, who joined on as a corporate officer, was widely admired for his encyclopedic knowledge of recorded music.

Bourgeois left Charlemagne in 2001 to teach English at Miles College. After two years he returned to the record business with Renaissance Records a block away. By 2011 record trades only accounted for a tenth of Charlemagne's business, as sales of new and collectible rock, jazz and blues LPs, CDs, cassettes and DVDs took front stage. In the 2010s interest in vinyl resurged and Charlemagne's business was boosted by internet sales and annual "Record Store Day" events.

References

  • Duvall, Lynn (August 1994) "Birmigham, Alabama 35205" Black & White, rpt. in Verna Gates, ed. "A History of Southside in 7 1/2 Minutes or Less"
  • Haden, Courtney (July 15, 2009) "Charlemagne and Renaissance Records celebrate mid-summer & other anniversaries." Birmingham Weekly
  • Moore, Tamika (March 13, 2011) "Eight-track inspiration." The Birmingham News
  • Thornton, William (August 25, 2017) "40 years of vinyl dreams at Birmingham's Charlemagne Record Exchange." The Birmingham News
  • "Charlemagne Record Exchange closing at end of month." (December 3, 2019) WBRC.com