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      June 24, 2019

      Monday   7:30 PM

      453 South Spring Street
      Los Angeles, California 90013

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      Music By the Pound with Jerold Kress

      Watch a rare screening of Music By The Pound, a 45 minute documentary (trailer) telling the story of Crown Records, a family-owned Los Angeles record company, from its roots as a Central Avenue jukebox business to its final years as a one-stop budget LP vinyl factory including recording studio, pressing plant and distribution center located at Slauson & Normandie in South L.A. Family labels included Crown, Modern, Flair, RPM, Kent, United-Superior, Riviera, Discos Corona and others.   Your ticket guarantees a seat for $5, and you receive a free Crown LP and sew-on Crown Record silk screened patch. EVEN IF WE ARE "SOLD OUT", there should still be standing room!    Patriarch Jules Bihari and his five brothers & sisters ran the record company for 35 years until it was liquidated in 1983. Initially the Biharis produced quality records by legends such as BB King, Ike & Tina Turner, and Coleman Hawkins. But in later decades, they abruptly changed direction, releasing an endless selection of schlocky $1 LPs and re-issues, AKA “music by the pound.” Even then, gems were cut in the form of surf, hot rod, country and psychedelic LPs.   The Bihari record family is as important to Los Angeles music history as the Chess Brothers are to Chicago, Syd Nathan is to Cincinnati, the Ertegens are to New York and Sam Phillips is to Memphis. So drop the needle back in time as the Bihari record empire is brought to life by original artists, session musicians, long-time employees, record collectors, and music critics. Featured in the doc is Biharis’ first recording artist & Boyle Heights native Hadda Brooks along with music legends Joe Houston, Jimmy McCracklin and Jerry Cole.   Before the screening is a panel discussion celebrating small independent record labels that flourished in Los Angeles during the 1940s thru the 1960s (Aladdin, Imperial, Specialty, etc). Panelists include prolific music writer Jim Dawson and guitarist Mike Vernon (3 Balls of Fire) who's researched and written liner notes for Crown Records reissues.     Filmmaker Jerold Kress' interest in blues & surf instro music was inspired by dollar Crown LPs he listened to as a kid. He amassed over 300 Bihari budget LPs in the making of this documentary, never paying more than a dollar for an LP, often a lot less.   All events are subject to cancellation, so please check back.

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