Vintage Vinyl, the New Jersey Fords record store, which was at the crossroads of the state’s punk and metal scenes for decades, will close next month. Owner Rob Roth announced today (June 21) in the store’s newsletter that he will be shutting down permanently on July 31 after 42 years in business.
In addition to hosting one of the state’s largest collections of new and used punk and metal records, the boutique has also hosted dozens of in-store performances over the years, both from local acts like Thursday, Saves the Day, Midtown, Titus Andronicus, and My Chemical Romance, as well as national bands like Queens of the Stone Age, Get Up Kids, Jimmy Eat World and many more.
Roth opened the first iteration of the store at age 23 in Irvington, New Jersey in 1979. It’s been at its current location since 1984. “I couldn’t get the music I wanted from chain stores,” Roth told NJ Advanced. Media. “It was the punk era and you couldn’t get these records anywhere. I wanted to fill that void and bring the obscurity, sell punk and British records, and stuff that was ignored. Roth said the COVID-19 pandemic was not a deciding factor in the store’s closure and that he was retiring to spend more time with his family.
Read Pitchfork’s “Longform” feature “What It Takes For An Independent Record Store To Survive Now”.