NEW YORK — The Cadillac records cast.
The Cadillac Record Collection.
The “Tiger’s Eye View” by The Smiths.
The record player from The Byrds.
The sound of a firecracker in the distance.
The World Records of Cadillac.
All of them.
The stories behind the records themselves.
And so much more.
In the fall of 1965, a young man named Paul Cazemore, who was just 17 years old, moved to New York City from his hometown of Chicago and began a journey of discovery.
He had been looking for records since he was a teenager and found a number of them on the Internet, including one from The Beatles.
“I think of it as being like going to a museum and getting to see a collection of ancient objects and then going back to the museum and finding new ones,” Cazemeros mother, Barbara Cazems, told Newsweek in an interview.
“I think about that when I’m looking for a record.”
The Cazemen were inspired to start a record label, Record Records, because the sounds of modern day recordings and the music of their day made them feel like they were part of a new world.
They set up shop in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts and soon had a catalog of over 4,000 records.
It’s a treasure trove of rare and forgotten recordings, which Cazeminos mother said were part her family history and part of the way her family lived.
“Our parents weren’t very good singers, but they were talented musicians,” Crazemos mother told Newsweek.
“They knew how to put the sounds together and put it together in a way that would be exciting to their listeners.
So they would put together a record, like a rock band, and then they would record it and they would then send it back and forth between the record player and the piano and then on to the recording studio.
And that was a very powerful sound.”
The record player Cazeman found was a Gibson acoustic guitar.
“My father, when he had a guitar, would have it playing on the piano,” Barbara Crazeman said.
“And he would say, ‘Oh, this is wonderful.
And I would say to him, ‘I think you should have a record player.’
And he would tell me, ‘No, you can’t have a player.
You can’t even have a guitar.’
And that’s what he said.”
The son of a factory worker, Paul Czemeros worked as a factory assistant at the Cadillac factory in the early 1960s, eventually working his way up to become the company’s record label manager.
But it wasn’t until 1979 that the Czemores were able to secure the rights to the recordings and begin selling them in their homes.
“They were really amazing, they were so cool, they just really made us feel like we were part, that we were one of the people,” Czeminos son told Newsweek of the records.
“Because they were just incredible, you know, so cool.
They made us want to do something with them.”
But the Crazemen didn’t just take the records home with them.
“It’s like they gave us this idea of owning them,” Barbara said.
Cazemos son has since sold more than 1,000 of the albums, and they have become part of his collection.
He told Newsweek he was thrilled to be able to sell them and the memories they have brought back to his family.
“There’s this little voice in my mind saying, ‘You know, I love you so much, dad,'” Czeman said, adding that he has a lot of memories of the time he spent with his father.
“He was so good to me and I really loved him and I would never want him to leave me.”
The Cadillac Records cast, which has been preserved for over 60 years, has become a place for Czems son to hang out and play his guitar.
The family even has a room filled with vintage equipment and memorabilia to share.
“The records are the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the record collection,” Cizeman said of the room.
“When I look at it, it’s almost like a big, open room.
I would love to just sit and play a record there.
We would just be playing records and playing music and talking about life.”
When the CZemores moved to the US in 1970, they didn’t have many possessions.
Cazemios father said he and his wife would share things like old clothes and a TV, which was rare at the time.
“We were living in the suburbs, and I had this old TV that I used to have on the wall,” Czar Emmons, the Cazes son, told NBC.
“We had it sitting on our front porch for years and years and didn’t even