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Oct. 30, 2008
© Douglas C. Towne

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"The Tale of the Tape: A Farewell to My 8-Track Music System" - Douglas Towne
"My altar is a bittersweet acknowledgement of the passage of time, a source of nostalgia for the not-so-young, and an educational tool for youth.

For the past 20 years I've been schlepping my collection of 8-track tapes around, unable to pitch any of it because of the amazing music, associated memories and the mistaken belief that there would be a resurgence in popularity of this now largely forgotten audio format. The altar honors the permanent departure of this obsolete technology from my garage--much to my wife's delight."

Former New Times staffer Douglas Towne presents his altar/ode to defunct technology in conjunction with the gallery's larger "Dia de los Muertos" exhibit. Towne's construct features a still-working J.C. Penney 8-track player booming out stuff like the Fabulous Poodles, Jefferson Starship, and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.

Artist's Reception:
Friday, November 7, 7:00pm-10:00pm
@Central Gallery
1221 N. Central Ave. (at Burton Barr Central Library)
Phoenix, AZ
(602) 256-3521, (602) 262-4636

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View some of the pieces from the show in our Gallery.

On this site you will find several resources for vintage neon motels and signs from the American Southwest. We are especially proud of our Motels of the Southwest poster, which has been finding its way around the world to homes and offices of fellow neon aficionados.

Sample of poster for sale (actual size 16x20 inches).  
"I've been having neon dreams ever
    since obtaining the poster. Best
    artwork I've seen in years!"
        - Scott Perlman
        ArtScience Publications

    "I'm never staying in another 
    franchise motel after seeing this
        - John Burbank
        Noted raconteur

    "Motels of the Southwest brings
    the soothing neon glow of roadside
    Americana into our home."
        - Andy & Jenny Wood
        Authors Motel Americana

    "This poster, of lovely nighttime
    neon signs, is great for when I want
    to scope them out myself."
        - Shellee Graham
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