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Posted Sat May 16, 2009 5:12pm PDT by Binky Philips in Rock's Backpages
Manny's is--or was--a Manhattan musical institution: the guitar shop of choice for superstars and cognoscenti alike. Binky Philips, who worked there, waves goodbye to Axe Heaven.--Barney Hoskyns, Editorial Director, Rock's Backpages
After 75 years, Manny's Music Store on West 48th St in Manhattan will close its doors forever at the end of this month. Obviously, this is not even a cigar butt on the world's stage of Economic Fallout these days. But, for me personally, and The History of Rock 'n' Roll, this is akin to GM going under.
Simply put, the WORLD shopped there. Musicians and bands didn't go to Manny's. They made pilgrimages to Mecca, aka Manny's. It was impossibly fabulous.
I first walked into Manny's in 1965, at the age of 12, with my Dad. It was, by any of today's standards, a tiny shop, no more than 20 feet wide and about 100 feet deep, it was more like a wide corridor, with a two-step drop halfway back, than a retail establishment. The front 40 feet or so was where the reeds and brass were sold, along side the cashier's stations against the east wall.
Heavy, heavy jazz players would be trying out trumpets or saxes six feet from the front door while stock boys were lugging in thirty Fender guitar amps and three Hammond organs. Older people shopping there would ask for autographs and I had no idea who these horn-players were. God knows who I heard casually riffing at Manny's. To read full article......