Ten Reasons Urban Outfitters is the Enemy of Music

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4. According to UO, John Coltrane is the only jazz musician ever born.

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Don't get me wrong, Coltrane was a genius. But there were and are other geniuses in Jazz. Arguably even better ones. From shirts and posters to UO's narrow LP selection, Coltrane is essentially the only jazz player represented here. I'm not saying ditch the Trane, I'd just like to see some of those duplicates of A Love Supreme replaced with some Coleman, Mingus or Sun Ra.

5. If you're dead, famous and a musician, then you're also a shirt at Urban Outfitters.

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Hendrix, Elvis, Biggie, Tupac, Marley, Cobain: they're all images constantly recycled at UO. Certainly, these figureheads are worthy of remembrance, but perpetual commercial re-appropriation has to be one of the absolute worst ways to go about it. Considering these artist's reputations are directly tied to cultural memory, it's a dangerous practice to continually reuse and abuse their likenesses in ways grossly out-of-context.

6. Even non-musical celebrities are exhumed and made-up like musicians.

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The perversion might not be full-on Orwell's Ministry of Truth; but it's not far off. At the very least, this is a mockery of Lee's disciplined legacy and a trivialization of the DJ art form. Granted, he may well have been a mean DJ, but that's beside the point.


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18 comments
John Null
John Null

I thought it was just a shitty clothing store that sold hip-hop clothing or something.

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

Bringing retro fashion and music to the privileged. Get yourself a decent turntable if you're into vinyl. At least they promote things that are cool- influencing the masses. I got harassed and sent home from school for wearing the majority of what they sell (along with hot topic) in the 80's. Funny thing is... We had to make our gear or order it through catalogues. lol

Tim Jamison
Tim Jamison

I'm going to comment before I read the article. Because I can...sometimes they have Vans really cheap. I got a pair for $10 once. I always check. I bet the word "vinyls" is used in this article. It isn't plural, cut it OUT.

Jeep Naaked
Jeep Naaked

negative crap is a great way to have people unfollow the RFT... just sayn'

Jesse Drissell
Jesse Drissell

Who is the audience for this article? People who currently buy albums from UO..? Pretty small target... Also, Euclid and Apop don't carry much hip-hop, record exchange treats their records like garbage, and vintage vinyl sells Crosleys... Better bash them too.

Kenny Snarzyk
Kenny Snarzyk

Who fucking writes this trash? Get it together RFT Sincerely -a dude that has been paid to write a few things for The RFT

Michael J Keller
Michael J Keller

Damn! Just when I got skinny enough to wear their clothes again!

Emmy Geraghty
Emmy Geraghty

I got Kendrick Lamar's "good kid, m.A.A.d city" deluxe edition double LP for 24 dollars. just sayin. Also, articles about Urban Outfitters not being as hip as they claim = old news.

Mark Spencer
Mark Spencer

1989 is calling...you are invited to go back and lose your anxieties about life (however depressing or marginalized) in the 21st century. And if you think Urban Outfitters denigration of vinyl culture is horrifying, you should come visit the Jack White-endorsed Third Man vinyl kiosk at our new Whole Foods in Brooklyn.

David J. McCutcheon
David J. McCutcheon

Don't forget that they steal art from artists and make a profit on it.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

I'm patiently waiting for the article titled '10 reasons the RFT music staff is a bunch of whiny pretentious douche nozzle hipster loads'. Patiently.

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