Bay View Books & Music

July 31, 2011

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Bill Frickensmith owns Bay View Books & Music at 2653 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., in the space formerly occupied by Matamoros Jiu-Jitsu. Frickensmith and Dan Dehling pose in the children’s section of their bookstore. On the stepladder, Frickensmith holds Alvin & the Chipmunks; in front, Dehling holds Organ Grinder’s Circus. ~photo Michael Timm

1. Where was your business located before you moved to Bay View?

We started in Riverwest in 1988, then Prospect Mall, and then Cudahy.

2. What caused you to get into the used books trade?

Love of books. And Dan’s experience with running rummage sales. Dan’s been selling things since he was 5 years old.

3. Do you find that there’s an upsurge in people’s interest in and purchase of vinyl 45s and LPs?

Yes. They are making a huge comeback and are the majority of our in-store sales.

4. From where do you acquire your inventory?

Estate sales, house calls, customer drop-offs, and an assortment of friends who sell on consignment.

5. What do you think about electronic books? How are they affecting your business and our culture?

They are telling us that it is the future, but they also said the same thing about CDs.

6. Have people followed you from your previous location on the east side of KK to your current location on the west side?

Yes, many have.

7. Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you currently reading?

Robert Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, Charles Dickens, Philip K. Dick.

8. What is the most unusual book title you’ve had in your inventory?

Topplistan: The Official Swedish Single & Album Charts.

9. What are some of your favorite bookstores that you’ve frequented?

Renaissance, Constant Reader, Martha Merrell’s, DCS Trading.

10. What is the most rare or valuable book in your inventory?

It was a signed first edition of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, which sold for $1,000.

Bay View Books & Music

Bill Frickensmith & Dan Dehling

2653 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

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