Jamal Kirk (aka “Bostown” on several Audio Forums) is a self described “Guerrilla DJ” and Audio hobbyist from MA (by way of NYC), who enjoys spending time listening to music with his toddler age children. The musical genres span from A Through Z (Ambient Techno through Zydeco) with no exceptions in between, although, the Frozen Soundtrack seems to be their favorite currently, right down to the score.
Jamal says that he’s been playing with audio gear since the days of Lafayette stereo and Crazy Eddie retail stores in New York. Later, he would eventually work with the late Henry Kloss at Cambridge SoundWorks during the company’s early mail order catalog period and subsequent expansion into retail in MA.
“I have fond memories of window shopping for equipment in Manhattan as a kid. You couldn’t escape it. Stereo equipment was a part of the culture. Ads were on TV and in print. Every few pages in the newspaper there was an ad for something stereo related, and in the city? Audio and electronics stores were like Starbucks; there was a shop every few feet in midtown.
I owe my interest, in part, to all the store salespeople who didn’t kick me out, even though they knew that there was probably very little chance that I’d be buying anything. Rabson’s Stereo on West 57th Street comes to mind for being extremely kind in that way. They always offered to demo their newest gear and treated me as if I was a real prospect. After working a few summer jobs, I saved up enough money, and eventually went right back there to buy my first system. I’ve been hooked on audio ever since.”
How about you? What got you started as an audiophile?