June Spin, Swap Social

bluearrowrecordsSunday June 19th, at Cleveland’s historic Euclid Tavern.  Bring records to swap, or spin.  Special guest DJ Pete Gulyas owner of Blue Arrow Records will be on hand throwing down a set.  Blue Arrow will have a nice giveaway for our monthly raffle (to be named later)  If you have never been to one of our swaps we are not a Record Show.  We are the anti-Record Show.  We encourage swapping records and interacting with other vinyl enthusiasts.  There are no tables reserved, there are no table fees, and there are no dealers.  We took the transactional nature of the outdated record show and stuck it in a bar.  These are just normal collectors bringing doubles or thinning out their collections.

The Little Lighthouse’s Stanislav Zabic will bring his garage inspired rock and roll set and will have copies of his sisters book Broken Records for sale.  The Little Lighthouse is a free form rock’n’roll show loosely based on connecting dots between roots, branches, history and future of rock’n’roll. It was created by  Stanislav Zabic in 2001 on Louisiana State University college radio KLSU. The show was on KLSU until he graduated in summer 2005. In February 2006 the show continued its life every Monday from 8 to 10pm on college radio station KUTE in Salt Lake City. Then he relocated to Cleveland Ohio in December 2006. Currently, The Little Lighthouse is looking for a time slot on one of Cleveland’s many radio stations. In 2008 The Little Lighthouse started coming out in “Flashlite” edition form as a podcast on Littlelighthouse.net. The same edition is syndicated on two radio stations from former Yugoslavia. Since 2008 he streams on the Internet radio station Radio SC, college radio station owned by Studentski Centar in Zagreb, Croatia and since 2011 he broadcasts on Radio Centar in Kragujevac, Serbia 98,7 FM.

In 1991, Snežana Žabić lost her homeland and most of her family’s book and record collection during the Yugoslav Wars that had been sparked by Slobodan Milošević’s relentless pursuit of power. She became a teenage refugee, forced to flee Croatia and the atrocities of war that had leveled her hometown of Vukovar. She and her family remained refugees in Serbia until NATO bombed Belgrade in 1999.

12509610_10153247678556496_7908403739023149689_nAfter witnessing the first nights of NATO’s bombing, Žabić took flight again. She moved from country to country, city to city, finally settling in Chicago. She realized — reluctantly, because she didn’t want to relive the past — that she had to write about what had happened, what she had left behind, and what she had lost. Broken Records is the story of this loss, told with unflinching honesty, free of sentimentality or sensationalism. For the very first time, we learn how it felt to be first a regular teenager during the breakup of Yugoslavia and the ensuing wars, and then a 30-something adult, perennially troubled by one’s uprooted existence.

Broken Records is not a neat narrative but a bit of everything — part bildungsroman, part memoir, part political poetry, part personal pop culture compendium. And while Žabić represents a Yugoslav diasporan subject, her book also belongs to an international generation whose formative years straddle the Cold War and the global reconfiguration of wealth and power, whose lives were spent shifting from the vinyl/analog era to the cyber/digital era. This generation knows that when they were told about history ending, they were told a lie.


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