Monday, September 14, 2015

More about the Birdman closing Rainbow Music on 1st Avenue this month

[Photo in March 2014 by EVG reader Chris F.]

As you may have heard, the Birdman, who works amid the stacks of used CDs, videos and cassettes at Rainbow Music, is retiring and closing his 17-year-old store at 130 First Ave. between St. Mark's Place and East Seventh Street at the end of the month.

The Times today has more about his decision.

“I don’t need the aggravation anymore, and this is aggravation,” he said, looking around at the clutter. “It kept me busy, but now I’m tired.”


He estimates that he has crammed 250,000 CDs and perhaps 50,000 more video and audiocassettes into the small space. Just to enter the store, at 130 First Avenue ... seemed to risk setting off a cascading avalanche of thousands of plastic cases.

“The store is so jammed, people are amazed by it, but then they see I got good stuff,” he said. “I can dig out anything I want. The thing is, I just don’t want to dig anymore.”

To date, the Birdman has never revealed his name, not even for Jessie Auritt's 10-minute short about the store...

However, in the Times, he "reluctantly confirmed that his given name was Bill Kasper."

Previously on EV Grieve:
The Birdman of the East Village

You can read our Q-and-A with Auritt here.


Anonymous said...

I'm sure it wouldn't be hard to find out his name. It has to be registered as the store's owner.

Anonymous said...

@Anon 1:02 PM: But what if it's registered as "Birdman, LLC"?

Unknown said...

It takes an anonymous to know an anonymous.

Right? I see dead people

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 4:39, It won't be.

Anonymous said...

Enough of this guy. Like Sounds and Norman's Sound & Vision he never carried underground music (vinyl, cassettes, cds, demo cassettes, demo cds) by local/area bands. Big deal a record store which carried stuff you could buy on Ebay, Amazon, Discogs, and many other sites carrying used mainstream and big indie record label releases closed. If this guy had supported local/area bands who play Lit Lounge, Mercury Lounge etc. (live music venues in the immediate area) ok, sad his store is closing but he didn't, and I/others could care less.

Anonymous said...

I never searched for music here for fear of inadvertently triggering an avalanche. My question is, how and why did the FDNY turn a blind eye to the hazardous, hoarder-like conditions inside the store?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 7:04, This neighborhood, despite the gentrification of the past few decades, is still dangerously decrepit. Building supports are sagging, gas lines exploding... The next decade is going to see a lot of fixing of these problems, I predict.