In the backwash, the flood’s force pulled hundreds of boxes, thousands of records, CDs, books and magazines off shelves, and from the front to the back of the space. Like a library up in flames to an avid reader, the devastation brings tears to old rockers’ and collectors’ eyes. But the label’s founders, Miriam Linna and Billy Miller, insist that with help from Norton’s friends, enthusiasts and local volunteers, all is not lost.
While CDs get compacted and pulp fiction gets pulped, vinyl can be cleaned and dried. Rescued records will be reissued in reprinted covers. From their epic catalog, Howlin’ Wolf, Del Shannon, Patti LaBelle, Sun Ra, the Shangri-Las, rare gems of El Paso Rock and Las Vegas Grind, even the The Swamp Rats, are waiting to be taken to higher ground.
Call Billy on 917 671 7185 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘volunteer’ in the subject header to find out how to help out. With your support, Norton will return as the place where, once again, loud sound abounds.