Who Is Metroland’s Mystery Man?

February 4th, 2014, 12:00 pm by Greg
Jim Barrett (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Jimmy Barrett (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)


If you picked up a copy of Metroland magazine last Thursday and were wondering just whose face was gracing the cover of the alt-news weekly, well, Nippertown is here with the answer…

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That’s Jimmy Barrett – the proprietor of the River Street Beat Shop – who is pictured holding the album cover of Cream’s classic Disraeli Gears album behind the counter of his truly fab vinyl-CD-books-DVD-VHS-and-so-much-more-rock-memorabilia shop in Troy.

Although the River Street Beat Shop is name-checked in passing in Drue Klinowski’s Metroland cover story, “All Sale Vinyl,” about the resurgence of vinyl album sales, Barrett’s name is never mentioned.

Barrett is a staunch lonooog-time supporter of the Local 518 music scene – not only as a musician with the infamous Lawn Sausages (who reunited in December and are threatening the do it all over again in April), but also as the long-time radio host of “Kaleidoscope” (currently with WVCR-FM out of Siena College in Loudonville).

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3 thoughts on “Who Is Metroland’s Mystery Man?”

  1. J. Welf says:

    Thought that was an odd story to use Jims pic but not really have anything else.

    ALbany hobo blanket strikes again!

  2. Mike Kelley says:

    Jimmy Barrett has this great way of making you feel better about yourself than you have any right feeling.

  3. Drue Klinowski says:

    Thanks for the clarification Nippertown!

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