Bill Wisener has been the sole-proprietor of a record store for 42 years. At it’s apex, Bill’s store was considered the largest independent record store in the country – it was in a former 3 screen movie theater in Dallas, Texas. For years Bill would advertise that he would buy any record, regardless of the condition. After the decline of the music industry Bill moved his collection to a smaller location.
He now makes his living spending long and sometimes lonely hours selling a small but steady amount of records.
Although his store is no longer bustling, he still loves to connect with people. Bill’s store has over 50,000 records, almost all are unpriced and uncategorized.
The director of Bills Records, Chuck Przybyl, met Bill when he was on a trip to Dallas shooting video for Dallas City of Learning and Big Thought under a grant from the MacArthur Foundation. Chuck loves vinyl records and often visits local stores when traveling. He noticed that Bill’s store was near his hotel and popped in for a “quick look”. Upon seeing how many records Bill had in his shop and how they were largely unalphabetized he furiously spent an hour digging like mad assuming that the shop was closing at 10PM. When he brought his stack of finds up to Bill he was amazed that Bill was taking the time to go through each record and explain any history or connection he had to each. 45 minutes later Chuck almost missed the concert he was going to but had a head full of thoughts and ideas that stuck with him for months. He also wondered “Does this shop ever close?”
Bills Records’ inspired soundtrack was scored by Michael Daly of Michelles.
Michelles happens to have a new highly acclaimed album available to listen and purchase here: