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Friday, February 18, 2011

Buy at a Local Independent Bookstore, Get a Free Local Music Mix CD from I Went to a Show

Posted By on Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 11:37 AM

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Yesterday, Daily RFT reported on a new St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance, a coalition of the region's indie booksellers. The article explains the the STLIBA's aim is "to raise the collective profile of St. Louis' independent bookstores" by cooperative action. "They would produce a map of independent bookstores to be distributed with other tourist information, set up a website listing all the goings-on at bookstores around town and local bestsellers and plan mega-events together."

Someone who can get behind this alliance is the music blog I Went to a Show. The site promises that if you buy anything at an independent bookstore from now through Sunday, February 20, and they'll send you a local music mix CD -- no questions asked. Email your address and info to after you make the purchase, and they'll take it from there. Now, why did IWTAS immediately leap to help out? Daily RFT found out:

"We're always impressed by the knowledge, caring attitude, and integrity displayed by many local businesses," explains I Went To A Show's Jess Luther. "Independent bookstores here in town are prime examples of what makes our St. Louis community stronger. When we saw that the store owners got together and formed a St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance, we were inspired to contribute something from our camp that might encourage people to stop by the stores on a day that they might otherwise have not.

"When you buy an album from a local band," she continues, "you're doing more than just purchasing music. Listening local is a testament to the reemerging idea of St. Louis as a city that creates, that grows, and that works together. The same goes for local businesses, be it bookstores, grocery stores, or record stores."

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