Rasputin Music on Powell Street in S.F. Abruptly Shut Downs
Rasputin Music, the largest chain of record stores in the Bay Area, has just closed its 69 Powell Street location in San Francisco, near the cable car turnaround.
With this shuttering, the company, which was founded in Berkeley in 1971 by Ken Sarachan, only retains one more location in San Francisco, in the Upper Haight.
The Powell Street location, like many other buildings in the city, had a quirky personality. It became famous for having its own elevator operator, and for boasting five stories of music, books, and DVDs — one of which served as a mezzanine for clothing and other merchandise.