The final location of Kim's, 124 First Avenue, closed its doors this past Monday--leaving behind an era of musical and cinematic brick-and-mortar treasures. Yongman Kim opened his first location in 1987 on Anenue A. The locale came out of what was a corner of videos for sale in his laundromat. From there, a handful of locations opened, only to close nearly a decade later thanks to the interwebz.
"This is not rock 'n' roll. It's not pop music. It's not folk music; it's this sort of transcendental guitar music," Steve Lowenthal emphatically tells me over the phone. And, indeed, his new book, Dance of Death: The Life of John Fahey, details the style (and story) of perhaps this country's most influential "American primitive" guitarist.
The 8-Ball Music Fair No. 1 (remember All Day Every Day's NEWSSTAND?) took place on Sunday, August 17 at Dustin Yellin's Pioneer Works in Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood--presenting an afternoon delight for both audiophiles and art-lovers.