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KVMR Music & Book Sale Saturday

Paul Emery, KVMR news director, holds up a choice find from Saturday's book. album and CD sale at Odd Fellows Hall in Nevada City.
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WHAT: KVMR’s Annual Music and Book Sale, featuring CDs, LPs, Cassettes, Books and Collectibles.

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 10 only, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Nevada City Odd Fellows Hall, 212 Spring Street east of Pine Street, downtown.

COST: Free admission to the public; the more purchased the lower the prices.

INFO: 530/265-9073, kvmr.org,

Last year, KVMR’s annual Music & Book Sale got too big for its britches, you might say.

So many donations came in that there was no room to put everything out, even in the Nevada City radio station’s new building.

This year, the traditional sale has a new, larger location — the Nevada City Odd Fellows Hall, 212 Spring St., just a block or so from the station itself — and takes place this Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.”ish”. And, as always, it’s free admission to the general public.

But there’s a new philosophy emerging, says KVMR’s 27-year-old music director and sale producer Sean Dooley-Miller, and it has to do with what he calls “the lost art of buying music.”

“Streaming music has become so easy, so commonplace that we want to challenge that notion by selling physical music for direct cheap prices that even the new streamers can’t resist,” he says with a smile.

“Art becomes more alive when you’re actually holding it; it’s a tangible experience,” according to Sean.


“The covers of LPs were truly works of art, sometimes smirky kitsch, oftentimes absolutely stunning, but always cultural treasures,” chips in KVMR Program Director Steve Baker. “Many people buy them (vinyl) just for the cover art, which was reduced over 75 percent in size when CDs came out.”

Don’t worry, though. Even cassette fans are covered; KVMR Dead Air host Richard Dunk donated, duh, like 954 Grateful Dead concert cassettes, but who’s counting? And a Bay Area blues musician transplant who’d accumulated “this great music collection decided it should all go to KVMR,” notes Sean.

“I like looking at them (the old boxes),” notes Dooley-Miller. “It’s a sort of insider’s insight on the history of the station.”

Sean’s dad, volunteer broadcaster Andy Dooley-Miller, has spent dozens of hours organizing the music by genre for the sale, while volunteers Eric Flaherty and Ralph Henson have been busy sorting books. Volunteer Lynn Heintz is known as “the man with the big truck.”

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