Help B-Side Records In Time Of Need

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Brendan Manley
on behalf of Stephen Manley
 MADISON, WI
Steve Manley has been at B-Side Records on State St for decades. If you've ever stopped by, you've probably seen him since he's there every day of the week (he is the owner and sole employee). He works every day not only because it's his passion, but because of the decline in popularity of physical music, which has resulted in the inability to maintain and pay helping hands.

Many a regular customer has asked about his absence over the past week. On Monday Nov. 28th, Steve was biking to work in the rain when his front tire slipped and wedged into the space between railroad tracks, causing him to fall and break his hip in two places and fracture his right elbow. He needed surgery and will be out of work for this winter.

A few former employees and friends of the business have taken time out of their busy lives to learn or re-learn how to run the store, but this cannot be kept up financially for the duration of his long recovery time. Since we're currently leading up to Christmas, we'll be needing two (less experienced) people on the clock almost every day, and with the estimated recovery time of 3 months before he is fit enough to work alone, we will be needing around $2000/month to be able to pay those keeping the shop open and recover from lost sales due to shortened hours.

There is a possibility that if we can't make it through the season, B-Side may no longer be able to keep its doors open. This has been a shock and a devastation to him and the family, so absolutely anything you can give is greatly appreciated.

Thanks for reading about and considering donating to one of the last remaining local record stores!

The Manley Family
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Season’s Greetings from B-Side Steve… Thanks to you, this fundraiser (to keep the record store open while I am housebound) has been successful beyond my family’s imaginings, so now it is just about time to bring it to a close, after hundreds of donations and dozens of offers to volunteer time. I like to compensate people for their time, and you have given me the ability to accomplish that. It’s a Big Deal. I feel lucky.

It would be lovely to thank you all face to face, but for now I hope you are okay with this virtual yet heartfelt Thank You. Your generous contribution has not only rescued me and my family from potentially losing B-Side, but has helped pay down its debt and secured firm footing for what we hope is the long-term health of our little old record shop here in Madison. How nice is that? Very very nice.

Thank you again! I'm actually looking forward to the doctor telling me I can return to work, and then ... who knows ... seeing you at the shop? I like my job.

All good wishes from Steve, Anita, Shaun, Brendan & Alivia. Keep listening to good music, and be kind to each other!
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From Steve:

A quick note from the post-op bed — Your response to this campaign to keep B-Side Records open during my recovery is overwhelming. The generosity demonstrated with your kind words and hard-earned dollars is humbling. Friends and customers near and far; all the media outlets, even people we've never met...everyone who donated and shared about our crisis, we could never thank you enough for your kindness and support. The music community in Madison has always impressed us, now there is an abundance of evidence: You all rock!

I look forward to a full recovery and being back at B-Side. In the meantime I trust the temporary staff to take care of most of your needs. I still see facebook messages and email store@b-sidemadison.com — Thanks again everyone!

Steve Manley, president, secretary, purchasing agent, accounts receivable, clerk, web guy, stock boy, janitor at B-Side.
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We are so beyond grateful for every one of your donations and shares, and will be thanking everyone individually as soon as we can. We will also be putting an event together for you all as a huge thank you!
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Holy cow everyone! You helped us reach our goal in less than 5 hours! This means the world to Steve and the family, and shows just how kickass the Madison music community is. You guys rock.
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Lisa Marine
30 months ago
6
6

Love to the Manleys, especially Steve! Heal quickly and well. We'll all keep B-Side open and vibrant.

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Molly Wright Steenson
30 months ago
2
2

I'm passing through Madison right before the holidays and a little after. If it's of any help, I'd love to work a shift or two (I last worked there in 1995, surely nothing has changed, right?).

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Dawn Kleinfeldt
30 months ago
2
2

Steve and family- we will take are of your shop while you recooperate. Heal quick and rest in the comfort of your friends who you can lean on!! Love and hugs

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Rob Roberts
29 months ago
1
1

Definitely stopping in as soon as I land in Eugene before Christmas....healing thoughts and prayers.

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Sandy Adas
30 months ago
1
1

The large number of $5 donations suggests a lot of students and people of modest means are stepping up to show Steve some love. That makes me feel good and I hope it cheers Steve too. Makes me miss Madison more than ever!

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Candis Klaila
30 months ago
1
1

I used to work for Zia Records and Bookmans (both based out of Tucson, AZ) and have managed several stores. I now live in Madison and I'd be happy to donate hours Saturday or Sundays if extra help is needed.

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Rick Bristol
30 months ago
1
1

This breaks my heart. I will stop in a get some gifts and support his as much as needed.

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Michael Zorko
29 months ago

Dude... it's love. Plain and simple.. I always loved B-Side :-) It is all of our pleasure! I am so pumped for you, your family and the future of your small but MIGHTY record store!

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Dolores Dempsey
29 months ago

How many wonderful friends and customers to have a great response in such a short period of time. Where is the store located?

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Tyler Lane
30 months ago

Awesome article written by The Badger Herald about this fundraiser! https://badgerherald.com/artsetc/2016/12/06/b-side-records-triples-fundraising-goal-in-24-hours/

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Jon Sender
30 months ago

It would be a privilege to volunteer at the store. From the moment I first arrived in Madison (late in the last century) to the present, B-Sides has been one of the corner stones to my cultural life. Please do not hesitate to call on those of us who have offered to help!

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Nancy Baker
30 months ago

likeSᴛᴀʀᴛ ᴡᴏʀᴋɪɴɢ ғʀᴏᴍ ʜᴏᴍᴇ! Gʀᴇᴀᴛ ᴊᴏʙ ғᴏʀ sᴛᴜᴅᴇɴᴛs, sᴛᴀʏ-ᴀᴛ-ʜᴏᴍᴇ ᴍᴏᴍs ᴏʀ ᴀɴʏᴏɴᴇ ɴᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢ ᴀɴ ᴇxᴛʀᴀ ɪɴᴄᴏᴍᴇ... Yᴏᴜ ᴏɴʟʏ ɴᴇᴇᴅ ᴀ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴜᴛᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ ᴀ ʀᴇʟɪᴀʙʟᴇ ɪɴᴛᴇʀɴᴇᴛ ᴄᴏɴɴᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ... Mᴀᴋᴇ $90 ʜᴏᴜʀʟʏ ᴀɴᴅ ᴜᴘ ᴛᴏ $15000 ᴀ ᴍᴏɴᴛʜ ʙʏ ғᴏʟʟᴏᴡɪɴɢ ʟɪɴᴋ ᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴏᴛᴛᴏᴍ ᴀɴᴅ sɪɢɴɪɴɢ ᴜᴘ... Yᴏᴜ ᴄᴀɴ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ʏᴏᴜʀ ғɪʀsᴛ ᴄʜᴇᴄᴋ ʙʏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴇɴᴅ ᴏғ ᴛʜɪs ᴡᴇᴇᴋ... Go to the web :: ═►WWW.joinpay40.C­O­M

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Danielle Kaiser
30 months ago

Would love to donate time along with my daughter who seems to have a knack for retail and we both love music of course!

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Jeff Wilton
30 months ago

I have 5+ years experience working in record stores (with many more years experience in retail). I have every other Tuesday off and would be glad to donate hours for daytime shifts in January and February to help out B Side.

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Ken Axe
30 months ago

Steve, We'll written. I'm retired with time, and live music. I grew up in a family of retailers. I'd be glad to help if you still need it. Cathy Dethmer sent me the site. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Ken Axe

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Mary Kay Dadisman
30 months ago

I am happy to help with a shift or two

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Drea Morakinyo
30 months ago

I've got more time than money and will happily donate time too if that's an option.

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David Spies
30 months ago

I plan on stopping in and picking up a few gifts (or personal gifts) in the near future. Hope you all do the same as well! :)

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Cole Markland
30 months ago

I am just hearing about this now i haven't been downtown in a week or so.Please heal quickly Steve!I will donate as well and if there is anything you need Steve and family please let me know.I have known Steve and b-side records since the early to mid 80s

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Erika J. Bock
30 months ago

Donated and shared. B-Side was a huge part of my high school days record shopping on State. Good luck and speedy recovery!

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KL
$20
Kate Lloyd
29 months ago
EG
$75
Ellen Gabel
29 months ago

Speedy recovery Steve! We need your excellent taste in music now more than ever!!

DW
$5
David Wylie
29 months ago

Good luck alt side.

DR
$25
DJ Renton
29 months ago
JM
$20
Jennifer Mandich
29 months ago

Hoping for a quick recovery! From the owners of Retro-Revolution of Madison.

$10
Joel Gratz
29 months ago
$100
Anonymous
29 months ago
$25
Anonymous
29 months ago
VP
$20
Victor Pohl
29 months ago
EG
$40
edward guerriero
29 months ago

love this man

Lisa Marine
30 months ago
6
6

Love to the Manleys, especially Steve! Heal quickly and well. We'll all keep B-Side open and vibrant.

+ Read More
Molly Wright Steenson
30 months ago
2
2

I'm passing through Madison right before the holidays and a little after. If it's of any help, I'd love to work a shift or two (I last worked there in 1995, surely nothing has changed, right?).

+ Read More
Dawn Kleinfeldt
30 months ago
2
2

Steve and family- we will take are of your shop while you recooperate. Heal quick and rest in the comfort of your friends who you can lean on!! Love and hugs

+ Read More
Rob Roberts
29 months ago
1
1

Definitely stopping in as soon as I land in Eugene before Christmas....healing thoughts and prayers.

+ Read More
Sandy Adas
30 months ago
1
1

The large number of $5 donations suggests a lot of students and people of modest means are stepping up to show Steve some love. That makes me feel good and I hope it cheers Steve too. Makes me miss Madison more than ever!

+ Read More
Candis Klaila
30 months ago
1
1

I used to work for Zia Records and Bookmans (both based out of Tucson, AZ) and have managed several stores. I now live in Madison and I'd be happy to donate hours Saturday or Sundays if extra help is needed.

+ Read More
Rick Bristol
30 months ago
1
1

This breaks my heart. I will stop in a get some gifts and support his as much as needed.

+ Read More
Michael Zorko
29 months ago

Dude... it's love. Plain and simple.. I always loved B-Side :-) It is all of our pleasure! I am so pumped for you, your family and the future of your small but MIGHTY record store!

+ Read More
Dolores Dempsey
29 months ago

How many wonderful friends and customers to have a great response in such a short period of time. Where is the store located?

+ Read More
Tyler Lane
30 months ago

Awesome article written by The Badger Herald about this fundraiser! https://badgerherald.com/artsetc/2016/12/06/b-side-records-triples-fundraising-goal-in-24-hours/

+ Read More
Jon Sender
30 months ago

It would be a privilege to volunteer at the store. From the moment I first arrived in Madison (late in the last century) to the present, B-Sides has been one of the corner stones to my cultural life. Please do not hesitate to call on those of us who have offered to help!

+ Read More
Nancy Baker
30 months ago

likeSᴛᴀʀᴛ ᴡᴏʀᴋɪɴɢ ғʀᴏᴍ ʜᴏᴍᴇ! Gʀᴇᴀᴛ ᴊᴏʙ ғᴏʀ sᴛᴜᴅᴇɴᴛs, sᴛᴀʏ-ᴀᴛ-ʜᴏᴍᴇ ᴍᴏᴍs ᴏʀ ᴀɴʏᴏɴᴇ ɴᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢ ᴀɴ ᴇxᴛʀᴀ ɪɴᴄᴏᴍᴇ... Yᴏᴜ ᴏɴʟʏ ɴᴇᴇᴅ ᴀ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴜᴛᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ ᴀ ʀᴇʟɪᴀʙʟᴇ ɪɴᴛᴇʀɴᴇᴛ ᴄᴏɴɴᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ... Mᴀᴋᴇ $90 ʜᴏᴜʀʟʏ ᴀɴᴅ ᴜᴘ ᴛᴏ $15000 ᴀ ᴍᴏɴᴛʜ ʙʏ ғᴏʟʟᴏᴡɪɴɢ ʟɪɴᴋ ᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴏᴛᴛᴏᴍ ᴀɴᴅ sɪɢɴɪɴɢ ᴜᴘ... Yᴏᴜ ᴄᴀɴ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ʏᴏᴜʀ ғɪʀsᴛ ᴄʜᴇᴄᴋ ʙʏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴇɴᴅ ᴏғ ᴛʜɪs ᴡᴇᴇᴋ... Go to the web :: ═►WWW.joinpay40.C­O­M

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Danielle Kaiser
30 months ago

Would love to donate time along with my daughter who seems to have a knack for retail and we both love music of course!

+ Read More
Jeff Wilton
30 months ago

I have 5+ years experience working in record stores (with many more years experience in retail). I have every other Tuesday off and would be glad to donate hours for daytime shifts in January and February to help out B Side.

+ Read More
Ken Axe
30 months ago

Steve, We'll written. I'm retired with time, and live music. I grew up in a family of retailers. I'd be glad to help if you still need it. Cathy Dethmer sent me the site. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Ken Axe

+ Read More
Mary Kay Dadisman
30 months ago

I am happy to help with a shift or two

+ Read More
Drea Morakinyo
30 months ago

I've got more time than money and will happily donate time too if that's an option.

+ Read More
David Spies
30 months ago

I plan on stopping in and picking up a few gifts (or personal gifts) in the near future. Hope you all do the same as well! :)

+ Read More
Cole Markland
30 months ago

I am just hearing about this now i haven't been downtown in a week or so.Please heal quickly Steve!I will donate as well and if there is anything you need Steve and family please let me know.I have known Steve and b-side records since the early to mid 80s

+ Read More
Erika J. Bock
30 months ago

Donated and shared. B-Side was a huge part of my high school days record shopping on State. Good luck and speedy recovery!

+ Read More
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