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Rhino Records store to return, charitably, for a bit [UPDATED]

May 11, 2010 | 11:53 am

Richard Foos Rhino Records founder Richard Foos will briefly resurrect the now-defunct Rhino store in Westwood to liquidate a major chunk of his private music collection for charity.

After four decades in Southern California, Foos is moving with his family to New York, and rather than transport thousands of LPs, 45s, CDs, videos and assorted music paraphernalia, Foos decided to open a Rhino pop-up store for two weeks from May 17-31. Proceeds from the sale will go to Chrysalis Enterprises, an L.A. organization that helps jobless and homeless people find employment.

Foos, who started the similarly minded Shout! Factory reissue label after selling Rhino Records to the Warner Music Group more than a decade ago, anticipates selling 100,000 items with a goal of raising $100,000. In addition to culling from his own collection, Foos is getting donated merchandise from friends and associates to include in the sale.

The opening of the pop-up store will be accompanied by a slew of special in-store events, beginning with a screening of “No Autographs, No Encores,” a documentary of Nirvana’s 1989 performance at the Rhino store, the group’s first outside of Seattle. Foos will bring the first U.S. screening of the Italian documentary “One Man Beatles,” about the life of mercurial pop singer and songwriter Emmitt Rhodes from Hawthorne, and members of his band, the Merry-Go-Round, are expected to attend the May 29 showing.

There also will be a string of live performances, including a reunion of the Blasters (with Phil and Dave Alvin) on May 20, Richard Thompson (May 21), Mike Watt + the missingmen (May 22) and Peter Case  (May 27).

The final day will offer a host of acts closely associated with the store and the Rhino Records label that it spawned, including Dr. Demento, the Temple City Kazoo Orchestra, Wild Man Fischer and Barnes & Barnes.

The pop-up store will be at 1740 Westwood Blvd., close to the site of the former Rhino Records store, which closed in 2006. More information at Rhino Records Pop-Up Store on Facebook.

-- Randy Lewis

Update May 12 at 9:15 p.m.: An earlier version listed the address of the Rhino pop-up store in Westwood as 1740 Wilshire Blvd. It will be at 1740 Westwood Blvd.

Photo of Richard Foos. Credit: Rhino Records