Let It Be Records' history isn't Target property, former owner says

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Target is stiff-arming Let it Be Records' former owner for the "It" from the store's old marquee. After 16 years in the location at 10th Street and Nicollet Avenue, Ryan Cameron closed up the shop in 2005 when a condo tower threatened to take over the spot. Now, he's just trying to get back the rest of his original signage from the spot -- he gave away the "Let" and the "Be," but wasn't able to reach the "It" from Let It Be back when he shuttered the shop.

The Minnesota-based mega-corporation, famed in music circles for Frank Ocean and Lady Gaga-related disagreements, is turning the building into office space. According to a report by Star Tribune's Chris Riemenschneider, Target hasn't helped out at all.

Cameron said he was told by a Target representative that "It" will be used in an art instillation inside the building closed off to the public.

Said Cameron, "The history of Let It Be Records is not owned by Target. It is in the collective consciousness of the customers and workers that used to frequent [the store]."
He goes on to list off the many great musical moments that occurred in the store -- including a visit from Radiohead that Gimme Noise attended. Read the rest of his piece here. Target hasn't commented yet.

So, what is the art installation going to look like? Here's a thought:
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If anyone does see this art, please send us a picture.


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6 comments
mkeen
mkeen

So, this guy shows up SEVEN (7) years later to claim his "IT"! Sounds like Mr. Cameron is trying to get a little 'Pub' for himself at the hands of this Evil Corporate Giant! Give me a break Mr. Cameron, (7) years is a long time to be on a bender!!

Thomas
Thomas

I don't see the story here. Target owns the letters and can do what they want with them. If indeed the letters exist "in the collective consciousness of the customers and workers that used to frequent them" then so be it. Cameron has no claim to property that isn't his, regardless of how sentimental it is. I don't think the claim that the letters were out of reach means he retains control of them half a dozen years later. Sounds like delinquency to me.

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

Got a lot of cool records and other stuff from this store back in the day. Not to mention countless awesome in-store performances.

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

Got a lot of cool records and other stuff from this store back in the day. Not to mention countless awesome in-store performances.

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