Beloved California independent record store chain Amoeba Music has launched a GoFundme campaign in an effort to keep its Berkeley, San Francisco and Los Angeles outlets afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. The effort to raise $400,000 comes as the 30-year-old chain faces its hardest times to date.
"30 years ago, Amoeba Music founders Dave Prinz and Marc Weinstein had a crazy idea. Let’s open up an independent record store, beholden to no corporate interests, that could become a gathering place for the musical community. A record store that would have an affordable mix of new and used product, that could serve as a trading post where people could bring in any unwanted music or movies for cash or trade," the owners wrote in a note on the GoFundme pitch. "