READ

Celebrities And Rockers Who Worked in Record Stores  

Ranker Music
1.1k views 23 items

Every rocker and celeb needs work before making it big, and while some worked as servers or in factories, some celebrities have worked in a record store. In fact, several famous musicians worked in record stores prior to their major success in the music industry. A few celebrities who were record store clerks were employed by big chains and other rock stars who worked in record stores clerked in small, niche shops. Moreover, some of the now-famous musicians below even met their bandmates in record stores.

Who are some celebrities who worked in record stores? Dave Grohl, the Foo Fighters frontman, worked at Tower Records in Washington, D.C. in the early '90s. Two members of Guns N' Roses worked at record stores. Slash worked at a Tower Records in Los Angeles and Axl Rose worked across the street from the guitarist at Tower Video. Peter Buck first met his future R.E.M. bandmate Michael Stipe while working at a record store. It's not only musicians who gravitate towards record stores, however. Simpsons creator Matt Groening worked at a record store in his early days in Los Angeles as did others who eventually became famous in the non-musical creative arts on this list. 

Nikki Sixx is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Celebrities And Rockers Who Worked in Record Stores
Photo:  Kevin Winter/Getty Images

A young Nikki Sixx fled his Seattle hometown after getting busted for selling “chocolate mescaline." He ended up in LA, where he had an uncle who helped get him a job at a record store. The rest became part of Sunset Strip history. 

Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States of America

More Nikki Sixx

#33 of 202 on The All-Time Best Rock Bassists #72 of 106 on Rock Stars Who Would Make The Best President #26 of 109 on The Best Bands with Numbers in Their Names #33 of 40 on Celebrities Turning 60 in 2018

see more on Nikki Sixx
Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Celebrities And Rockers Who Worked in Record Stores
Photo:  Fotandi/WikiMedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

In the early 1990s, Dave Grohl worked at Tower Records in Washington, D.C. In a 2015 interview with Noisey, he said, "I got a job at Tower Records because that's the only place I could get a job with my f*ckin' haircut." 

Birthplace: Warren, Ohio

More Dave Grohl

#63 of 711 on The Best Rock Vocalists #76 of 237 on The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time featuring 15 Crazy But True Stories About Nirvana The Best Foo Fighters Songs of All Time

see more on Dave Grohl
Jack White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Celebrities And Rockers Who Worked in Record Stores
Photo:  Teresa Sedó/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

Jack White, of The White Stripes and The Raconteurs, became a record store owner when he opened the physical location of Third Man Records in Nashville in 2009. His Detroit location soon followed in 2015.

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

More Jack White

#83 of 673 on The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time #97 of 237 on The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time featuring A Timeline Of All Of Jack White's Fights And Feuds The Best Jack White Songs

see more on Jack White
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Celebrities And Rockers Who Worked in Record Stores
Photo: katebartnik/Flickr

Axl Rose worked at the Tower Records affiliate Tower Video in Los Angeles before becoming a rock star.

Birthplace: Lafayette, Indiana

More Axl Rose

#73 of 457 on The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years #74 of 1120 on The Best Singers of All Time #20 of 711 on The Best Rock Vocalists featuring 29 Absolutely Ridiculous Stories of Axl Rose's Hard Partying Days With Guns N' Roses

see more on Axl Rose