Photo: Revolution Records public relations employee Christina Vogel and store owner John DiBella.
Photo: Revolution Records public relations employee Christina Vogel and store owner John DiBella.
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TORRINGTON — When you walk into Revolution Records, which recently opened up on 7 Willow Street, it feels like a time warp with vinyl records of all genres.
Owner John DiBella said that he started collecting records right after high school and for him, the music never stopped.
His expansive record collection contains rock, blues, country, jazz, comedy, show tunes, rhythm and blues selections.
“I’m trying to carry a little bit of everything,” DiBella said. “I’m trying to figure out what people are interested in when it comes to music, so I know what to concentrate on.”
On any given day, you will find DiBella behind the counter talking to collectors who are looking for musical gems. DiBella said that he is always more than happy to answer questions or to strike up conversations about music.
The walls of Revolution Records are covered in the same vintage posters DiBella had on his high school bedroom walls. DiBella said even as vinyl phased out, he always had a functioning turntable and never put his records away.
The turntable, reciever, and speakers found in his store are the same ones he used when he started collecting many years ago.
“I want my store to feel like my high school bedroom,” DiBella said.
Dibella grew up and Stamford and worked in various record stores all throughout his life.
As a vinyl obsessive, he would shop at record stores in Greenwich Village such as Bleaker Bob’s, Second Coming, and It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll.
“I listen to everything because it’s good not to paint yourself in a corner,” he said. “When you limit what you are listening to, it limits what you can enjoy.”
DiBella said he enjoys watching live bands, naming acts he has seen from Cyndi Lauper to Slayer. DiBella said he is interested in helping out the local music scene in Torrington by getting involved with shows and carrying local music in his shop.
“Anything we can do to help local musicians we will do,” DiBella said, “We want to get the whole vibe happening, and if we can help any of the local bands do something, we would love to do that.”
Revolution Records is open Monday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information go to www.facebook.com/pg/TheRevCT/about/?ref=page_internal

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Winsted resident Erica Taylor wrote for several years for The Winsted Journal and studied Journalism at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.