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Sandi's Blog – March 2009 Archive (6)

"A great store moving on, is it a sign of the times" by jacksoncsplayer

A great store moving on, is it a sign of the times?



Manny's Musical Instruments, a Midtown landmark since 1935, will close its doors forever at the end of May, and the remainder of the Music Row—as the block of W. 48th Street between Seventh and Sixth Avenues is affectionately known—may soon fall like a row of dominoes.





Following up on a reader's tip, I paid a call on Manny's today and was told by a staff member that the store would shutter at the end of the May. Manny's… Continue

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I used to play hookie from PS 129 (junior high) on rainy days and take the subway down to Music Row and hang out at Manny's all day long.

Aloha, from AlohaChris



Bill, that is just staggeringly bad news! I can't imagine how unconscious the world has become to think that it kills off those pockets of life-force that are the very heart of what life is really all about! Sickening!



I grew up in NYC in the 60's. Bought all my early acoustic and electric guitars, banjos, Jew's harps, ukuleles and limberjacks at Manny's, Rudy's, Sam Ash and We Buy Guitars on 48th St.



I used to play hookie from PS 129… Continue

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"Pete Townsend would come in to the store and just take a guitar off the wall and shout, 'Pay you later, see ya!'"

By kelfspoon



Manny’s Musical Instruments, a Midtown landmark since 1935, will close

its doors forever at the end of May, and the remainder of the Music Row

—as the block of W. 48th Street between

Seventh and Sixth Avenues is affectionately known—may soon fall like a

row of dominoes



Manny's music store in New York was an extraordinarily important

institution back in the Sixties. It was the place where everyone came

to not only buy guitars and… Continue

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Carlos Santana

Before the popularity of the electric guitar and before every teenager with a rock 'n' roll dream had a band in their garage, Manny's Music in New York City was providing the hardware for swing stars and big bands, and establishing itself as the place to go for the musician in the know. Besides being a garden of delight for musicians looking for the latest gear,... More Manny's became a center of activity where stories and tips were swapped among superstars and budding musicians alike. The Wall… Continue

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Hendrix

"In 1966, Hendrix formed his own band, Jimmy James and The Blue Flames, composed of various friends he would casually meet at Manny's Music Shop, including a 15-year old runaway from California named Randy Wolfe. Since there were two musicians named "Randy" in the group, Hendrix dubbed Wolfe "Randy California" and the other "Randy Texas". Randy California would later co-found the band Spirit with Ed Cassidy."

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***** Amazon Reviews of "The Wall of Fame: New York City's Legendary Manny's Music"

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

5.0 out of 5 stars Manny is My Man!!!, March 16, 2007

By lawrence zamparelli "Larry In NYC" (New York, NY) - See all my reviews

I wish I was in there shoes growing up. Meeting the stars that are in this book, words can't express. Jimmy, Janis, Paul and Bob to name a few bring goose bumps to my arms. I would rather be in there shoes than to hit the lotto. They rocked!!!!!!



5.0 out of 5 stars i was there in 1996 and my… Continue

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