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Media & Society

Spinning Right Round: Record Stores Benefit From Vinyl Boom

In this photo taken Sept. 17, 2015, owner Joe Haynes places priced records into the bins, which are organized alphabetically, at Greatest Hits Music and Books in Tupelo, Miss.  (Lauren Wood/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
In this photo taken Sept. 17, 2015, owner Joe Haynes places priced records into the bins, which are organized alphabetically, at Greatest Hits Music and Books in Tupelo, Miss. (Lauren Wood/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

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