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Friday, November 21, 2014
Waterloo's John Kunz to Receive Indie Spirit Award at Music Biz 2015
Waterloo’s John Kunz to Receive Independent
Spirit Award at Music Biz 2015
Biz will present its prestigious Independent Spirit Award to John T.
Kunz, Owner and President of Austin’s iconic independent record store
Waterloo Records & Video Inc. and an over 40-year music industry
veteran, on May 13 at Music Biz 2015 in Nashville. The
Independent Spirit Award was established in 2009 to recognize
significant contributions to the independent music community that embody
the spirit of new thinking, entrepreneurship, and success in the
Kunz’s customer-friendly policies, including the ability to open and
listen to any record before buying and to return albums for any reason
within 10 days, have led to a successful four-decade-plus career in the
music retail industry, including over 30 years with Waterloo.
Established in 1982, the store has been named Best Record Store for 32
consecutive years in the Austin Chronicle Readers’ Poll. It was also
voted Retailer of the Year six times by Music Biz (then-NARM) members
and has been featured in Best Record Store lists from Rolling Stone,
NPR, The New York Times, The Economist, Vanity Fair, the BBC, Spin, and
“With Waterloo Records, John has played
a key role in keeping Austin’s rich musical tradition alive, while also
pushing it forward,” said James Donio, President of Music Biz. “He has
long placed a premium on promoting local musicians, boasting a huge
selection of independent releases along with rare imports, earning him
an Austin Icon Award in 2011. We’re excited to celebrate him and his
accomplishments at Music Biz 2015.”