I read an article in the Chronicle yesterday about a temporary record store that will set up shop in the Mission District for the month of December. The man behind this project rented an art gallery and is turning it into a mid-century American living room to highlight Tikva Records. I was not around when Tikva Records existed, but the article summarizes it as:
“…the flagship independent Jewish record label of 20th century America. Founded in 1947, Tikva’s catalog was wide-ranging; everything from Israeli folk songs to Jewish-American swing, from klezmer pop to cantorial singing, from Catskills comedy to key political speeches of Jewish leaders- and it became something of a “Jewish Motown”, home to the Jewish music world’s biggest names.”
which sounds pretty cool to me (not that I fully embrace the titles of history buff and nerd/geek or anything). From the website, it sounds like this man tracked down the original recordings and artists over the last decade, raising the funds to restore them and recording some of their stories. Talk about a labor of love.
They have a website where you can listen to some of the remastered tracks, purchase albums, and find out what events are going on in the store. I already ordered two albums, one of the label’s “best of” from over the decades and one of a Jewish-Latin combo (could that BE any more perfect for me? Creo que no!)
So, if you’re in the area, looking for something to do on a weekend, love mid-Century decor, or are simply interested in cultural interaction and Jewish American history, I suggest you check it out!