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Haight Ashbury Music Center's Last Dance

Sean Murdock
Haight Ashbury Music Center
Storefront of the Haight Ashbury Music Center.

The Haight Ashbury Music Center is selling off its gear. The store’s been around for some 40 years — it was opened by the brother of Janis Joplin’s bassist. And it’s been a centerpiece of the Haight Street experience ever since. So what happens when a place known for culture and counterculture loses its music?

The sounds in this story were gathered at a liquidation sale, at the Haight Ashbury Music Center. The store will soon shut down for good. But, you can still buy musical gear from owner Massoud Badakhshan. He has another music shop in Redwood City called “Gelb Music” and the Haight Ashbury Music Center will live on as an online marketplace for instruments.

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