There's nothing bookish about the live jazz
and surf-a-billy at the City's Bird & Beckett
It all began with jazz musicians perusing the used disks at Bird & Beckett Books and Records, a typically compact bookshop in San Francisco's Glen Park neighborhood, itself a compact place with a small-town, European feel.
Soon the bookshop was hosting jazz performances, and by 2002 it was doing so regularly, becoming one of the few bookstores anywhere—or anywhere we know—that regularly serves as a concert hall.
"It's just because I like the music and wanted to support the musicians," says owner Eric Whittington. "And it draws people into the store."
And, no, Eric doesn't know other bookstores that do what he does with the music. "I think we're kind of doing that uniquely," he says...