Burt Taggart opens Long Arm Records
Jason White // This first location was very short lived. One of the most exciting things ever. Steve Schmidt and I helped Burt paint the place before opening day and slept there that night. The crowd that came was amazing. I remember seeing Burt behind the "counter", a converted 70's home bar set-up, dumbfounded as to how to keep track of sales, reciepts, calculating tax, etc. There was a line! Once ol' Cash McCool saw the clientele, Burt got the boot.
Richard Matson // At 16, Burt Taggart decides to start an independent record store in Little Rock. Long Arm Records would become a hub for the Little Rock scene for the brief 9 months of its existence. Burt sells out his entire inventory in the first week. He is also kicked out of the building after week 1.
Colin Brooks // Going to Long Arm for the first time was a treat. I couldn't believe Burt had pulled it off. Before Long Arm we were pooling our money together and sending hundreds of dollars in cash to Dischord and Lookout etc. The records always came, but we had to wait. It was much cooler to go to a store and buy stuff. All of the other stores in Little Rock had a walk in, pick out something, no loitering policy. Long Arm became sort of a community center/hang out to talk about music or whatever. Shannon Yarbrough told me this story once about playing around and accidentally hitting me with some object in the store. He said I flashed him a deadly look, so he was afraid of me for a while. I was tough looking and I didn't even know it. That's where the "scene" really came together. Long Arm was where we all got to become good friends, because we didn't all go to the same school. Once I was hanging out with Jason White and David Burns there "afterhours" and Burt put on the first Drive Like Jehu album. He started dancing around and my brains were on ... (More)
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