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Flaming Rat Records

Grand Rapids – Towne & Country Plaza

In 1974 Frank Salamone was co-owner of Flaming Rat Records, a Grand Rapids record store. Unique in West Michigan, the Rat focused on music that you had no chance of finding anywhere else this side of the hippest college town or big city (Grand Rapids being neither). This was the kind of store where, once they got to know you, the new Bert Jansch record would automatically be there waiting behind the counter when you walked in. I owe Frank a debt of gratitude for a large part of my musical education, through the store and as an informal guitar teacher (“informal” as in “no recompense except for a few Bass Ales”.)

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