Rest in Peace, Allen Lewites, Amoeba SF's Resident Customer Service Star

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 29, 2017 04:31pm | Post a Comment
Allen Lewites
Allen Lewites. Photo by Gabriel Wheeler.

By Stephanie Barron
General Manager, Amoeba San Francisco

When we found out that we’d lost him, we all walked around in shock and sorrow. Then, in the spirit of friendship, The Allman Brothers Band's Eat a Peach came over the PA system as a tribute to Allen. The customers didn’t understand the significance, but we did. I’m sure we all listened with fresh ears to the music Allen loved best as we thought about the hole that now exists within our family.

Allen was here from the very beginning when our Berkeley store opened in 1990. Before that, he worked with Amoeba co-owner Dave Prinz at Captain Video. He came to us at the SF store with his deep love of all things Amoeba and with his extraordinary customer service skills that, over the years, developed a strong and loyal following. Allen would stop at nothing to find his customers exactly what they wanted. “That’s the fun, that’s what I live for,” he told the SF Chronicle for an article, published on July 17, 2016, in which he was honored for his excellent customer service. To say his customers will miss him is an understatement.

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The Cover Story

Posted by Joe Goldmark, February 28, 2013 06:20pm | Post a Comment

Head to the Vinyl Beat website to check out extensive LP label guides and wild cover galleries!Eric Christensen

Eric  Christensen has made an entertaining and informative documentary called The Cover Story about iconic album covers and how they came to fruition. There are interviews and stories with a number of the photographers and designers such as Bob Seidemann (Blind Faith), Henry Diltz (Morrison Hotel, Crosby Stills & Nash, Eagles), Mouse (Grateful Dead), and Jim Marshall (Allman Brothers and hundreds of others). Along the way he also interviews such rock luminaries as Nick Lowe, Ray Manzarek, Huey Lewis, Elvis Costello, and Sammy Hagar. There’s also a very intimate chat with Yoko Ono where she talks about John’s blood smeared glasses, etc. It is also a hoot to see a psychedelic Amoeba SF in the introduction.

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100 Famous Rock Guitar Riffs Offers Concise History of Rock N' Roll

Posted by Billyjam, July 17, 2012 10:00am | Post a Comment

Rock music has way too many incredibly memorable guitar riffs to limit a best of list to just one hundred, but the 100 riffs that guitarist Alex Chadwick of The Chicago Music Exchange came up with for the above video performance ain't half bad, and it is a nice informal overview of the history of rock n' roll. Sure it's a subjective selection that includes a lot of mega hits of the genre, and no doubt every rock fan could come up with their own unique list of a hundred best guitar riffs. But I like what Alex has done: from his playing to his choices of riffs, and from how he segues from song to song, to how he plays it on his 1958 Fender Strat all in chronological order. Below is that list of songs and artists in order with the artist names that are blue highlighted linking back to the Amoeba Online Store. where you can find their respective music (CDs, LPs, DVDs) including (in near all cases) the song played by Alex.


1 "Mr. Sandman"  Chet Atkins
2 "Folsom Prison Blues" Johnny Cash
3 "Words of Love"  Buddy Holly
4 "Johnny B Goode"  Chuck Berry
5 "Rumble"  Link Wray

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The Art of the LP Cover- Masks for Mardi Gras!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, March 7, 2011 10:00pm | Post a Comment

For more mask themes covers check out my Halloween blog from 2009 here.

Scarce Stickers

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, April 30, 2008 11:20pm | Post a Comment
As stickers go, these are a cut above the rest.  I've cataloged odd trends and themes in past blogs, but these stickers actually add quite a bit of value when they're found adhered to the original shrink wrap...

The yellow sticker above is an original promotional tool from the 60's, the green tape was added later to preserve the shrink! Below is a sticker used on pressings from the late 70's, early 80's.

The sticker below is an excellent accompaniment to the jacket design and adds a little prestige to the piece.

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