If you find yourself in Pittsburgh with a few days to kill, swing by Jerry’s Records, where you could spend a week exploring the entire store. There are literally rooms dedicated to every genre of music you can imagine. The prices are fair and the records are in great condition. You may consider bringing along an avalanche beacon in the very real chance that you wind up buried alive in the jazz room, which by the way, is every bit as great as its considerable legend implies.
The clientele: Rastas, DJs, slaves to the 45
Nestled in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood, this shop is tiny but packs a major punch for Motown, soul, jazz, blues, and reggae lovers. The impressive collection of used 45s features a thorough representation of Detroit’s rich musical heritage with very hard-to-find relics of mid-20th-century antiquity -- all in damn fine condition. It’s cash only, so leave your debit card at home and your traveler's checks back in the '90s.