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Digging into our hidden musical history


Josh Rosenthal loves records – listening to them, buying them, making them. He loves them so much that he founded Tompkins Square—a San Francisco music label that champions artists you may never have heard of, and reissues recordings that would otherwise be gathering dust.

Rosenthal’s eclectic taste is what makes his record label so unique, and it’s the driving force behind his new book, ‘The Record Store of the Mind,” a memoir that works like a curated tour of some of his most treasured musical finds. He sat down with KALW’s Julie Caine to talk about how “digging” for old records has shaped his work, his life, and his journey into the history of recorded sound.

ROSENTHAL: It’s deeper than you can ever imagine, and it’ll take me several lifetimes to even touch a little piece of it.

To hear the whole interview, click on the audio player above.

You can hear Josh Rosenthal read from his book at San Francisco’s Green Apple Books on Clement St.  Wed., November 18 at 7pm. He’ll be accompanied by guitarist Richard Osborn.