——The Record Store of the Mind——

“In your hands ‘the Keys To The Kingdom’ … a ceaseless whirligig of histories, opinion and romance … of characters and circumstance minor and major contributors to our great wonderland … music beloved music … I reveled within and learned much … a unique work.” –Robert Plant

“Josh Rosenthal is a record man’s record man. He is also a musician’s record man. He is in the line of Samuel Charters and Harry Smith. In this age where we have access to everything and know the value of nothing, musicians need people like Josh to hear them when no one else can.”   -T Bone Burnett

“One of the most thoroughly enjoyable, informative, wise and good-hearted books ever written about music and the industry” – MOJO * * * * 4 STARS
What pulls its disparate elements together is the accommodating warmth and wit of his writing and the wealth of great stories he has to tell” – UNCUT 8/10


     Grammy-nominated producer and Tompkins Square label founder Josh Rosenthal presents his first book, The Record Store of the Mind. Part memoir, part “music criticism”, the author ruminates over unsung musical heroes, reflects on thirty years of toil and fandom in the music business, and shamelessly lists some of the LPs in his record collection. Crackling with insightful untold stories, The Record Store of the Mind will surely delight and inspire passionate music lovers … especially those who have spent way too many hours in record stores.


      Celebrating ten years in 2015, Rosenthal’s San Francisco-based independent record label Tompkins Square has received seven Grammy nominations and wide acclaim for its diverse catalog of new and archival recordings.


BOOK TOUR 2016. 17 Cities. 16 Special Guests. :
Tompkins Square label’s Josh Rosenthal will read from his new book, ‘The Record Store of the Mind’, w/ Special Guests

  • April 2 – Deep Thoughts, Jamaica Plain MA w/ Sam Moss
  • April 3 – Feeding Tube Records, Northampton MA w/ Trevor Healy
  • April 4 – Albany Public Library, Albany NY w/ Mike Eck
  • April 5 – Rocket 99, Kingston NY w/ Peter Walker
  • April 6 – Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn NY w/ Kid Millions, Harry Taussig
  • April 7 – Brickbat Books, Philadelphia PA w/ Chris Forsyth
  • April 8 – Red Onion Records & Books, Washington DC w/ Bob Brown
  • April 9 – Atomic Books, Baltimore MD w/ Max Ochs
  • April 10 – Steady Sounds, Richmond VA w/ Diane Cluck, Mark Fosson
  • April 12 – Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill NC w/ Steven Weiss (UNC)
  • April 13 – Horizon Records, Greenville SC w/ Wes Tirey
  • April 14 – Downtown Books, Asheville NC w/ Wes Tirey
  • April 15 – A Cappella Books, Atlanta GA w/ Tyler Higgins
  • April 16 – Grimey’s, Nashville TN – Record Store Day DJ set & signing
  • April 17 – Carmichael’s Bookstore, Louisville KY w/ Nathan Salsburg
  • April 18 – Boxcar Books, Bloomington IN – A Bill Wilson tribute
  • April 20 – CityLit Books, Chicago IL w/ Mike Vallera


 Also, check out the “Record Store of the Mind” Spotify playlist!



Tompkins Square Label