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Revolving and Evolving

Revolver Records opens in downtown Pensacola
By Hana Frenette

What is it that makes record shops so appealing? Perhaps it’s the good lighting that’s often found there, or the musty, nostalgic smell of old things. Music becomes tangible again, instead of just a file name on your iTunes.

“Some people like shoes, some people like scarves knitted by their own mother, or Italian sports cars,” Eric Jones explained. “I like records.”

Eric Jones, also known as Elvis, is the former owner of East Hill CD Exchange and the current owner of the new record shop, Revolver Records. Local journalist Troy Moon gave Jones the nickname “Elvis” many years ago when the two played in a band together that had too many Erics.

Jones owned and operated East Hill CD Exchange from 1995 until 2007.

“The building was basically a shack and the rent was dirt cheap,” Jones said. The building was eventually sold to a third party and Jones couldn’t afford to pay a mortgage.

“You have to watch your costs when what you sell can be downloaded for free on the Internet,” Jones said.

After a few years without a shop, Jones decided to open Revolver.

“I missed it, and thought I’d give it another go,” Jones said. “Some people said it seemed like a pretty gutsy move, but I’m not getting any younger.”

Revolver opened its doors on Oct. 15 in the old Subterranean Books location on Gregory Street, and despite the lack of advertising, seems to be drawing a crowd.

“We have actually been doing pretty well, considering the economy still sucks and CDs are about as hot as a polar bear’s tongue,” Jones said.

Revolver sells new and used CDs, new and used records, music DVDs, VHSs, record players, T-shirts and offers a small selection of books.

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