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Stores Mon May 18 2015

New Chapters for Old Bookstores

By Tim Rolph

"Robert Plant's band was just in here, hung out and played records for about an hour." Ric Addy, owner of Uptown's Shake Rattle & Read bookstore, pulls out his phone to show me a picture. "That's Florence from Florence and the Machine. She gave me some tickets, and on stage was talking about 'the quaint little bookstore across the street.'"

A block from both the Riviera and Aragon Ballroom, Shake Rattle & Read is a regular stop for bands on tour, the bassists and drummers mingling with unsuspecting fans a few hours before shows, loading up on ways to keep busy on the bus. "When Oprah'd have supermodels on her show, she would come in here and buy their old magazine covers." If the shop, decked out in concert posters, old vinyl, and lit paraphernalia, looks like the store from the movie High Fidelity, it's probably because the film sourced a lot of the set from here.

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