Author Archives: Mary Mancini

My God Shaves (feat. Corey Kittrell)

Corey Kittrell’s story is similar to many of the kids who came to Lucy’s. But if we look through the lens of race, it is very, very different. Not many kids who looked like Corey came through the doors of Lucy’s or had the negative experiences that inspired him to write his ‘zine, My God Shaves.

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Buckley’s Record Shop (feat. Randy Fox)

In 2019, music writer Randy Fox discovered a long-forgotten nugget of info – sixteen years before Lucy’s opened its doors at 1707 Church Street in Nashville it was home to another record store called Buckley’s. Randy insatiable curiosity and an unbridled enthusiasm brings this story to life. It starts in Kentucky and his discovery of the Sex Pistols and the Ramones, zigs into the history of mid-20th century radio & record shops, and zags to the use of urban planning as a tool for white supremacy.

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Book Your Own F*ckin’ Life (feat. bert)

They played in a trailer in the middle of some scary woods, slept on the nasty floor of a club, and blew up snack cakes on a dusty back road with Steve Albini. This was life in the 90s for Montgomery, Alabama, noise-punk band bert. Guided by the mighty Book Your Own Fucking Life ‘zine, bert had all the resources they needed to put out their own records, connect with people who loved music as much as they did, and play tons of shows throughout the South and Southeastern U.S.

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Unlocking Memories (Feat. Dr. Jamie Noble)

Dr. James Noble is a BFD neurologist at Columbia in New York City with his own non-profit, Arts and Minds, and a seat on the board of the Michele Obama-adjacent Hip Hop Public Health. But as a college student in the 90’s, Jamie Noble hung out at Lucy’s Record Shop to feed the love of live music that’s clearly part of his DNA

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Upslut

Host Mary Mancini sits down with Christine Doza who published her first ‘zine, Upslut, in 1993 to distribute to her classmates and out a predatory male teacher.

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Parallel Universe

Join Smilin’ Jay McDowell, guitar-player-turned-upright bassist from the small town of West Lafayette, Indiana, as he takes you on his journey from watching and playing in bands in the back room at Lucy’s to traveling the world with BR5-49.

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Schtucket! Schtucket! Schtucket!

How did two high school band goofball rule-followers discover punk, scooch their trombone and tenor sax over just a little to make room for a bass guitar and drum kit, and end up headlining at Lucy’s? By bending the rules, of course.

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House O’ Pain

This is the Lucy’s Record Shop origin story. Host Mary Mancini sits down with Don & April Kendall of House O’ Pain, also known as the other two “tolerant, accessible adult role model[s]” who ran the place, to tell the story of how, with a whole lot of love, luck, and perseverance, Lucy’s came to be and why, thirty years later, it’s still talked about with joy and reverence.

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