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HR Records Was Cool Before VP Kamala Harris Paid A Visit — But It Just Got Cooler

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Charvis Campbell, the owner of HR Records, got a surprise visit from Vice President Kamala Harris.

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Campbell received a call a few hours before the visit, telling him that a senior member of Harris' staff might show up.

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Secret Service did a sweep of the building before Harris arrived.

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Harris impressed Campbell with her knowledge of music.

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She walked away with some impressive jazz selections, including Charles Mingus’ Let My Children Hear Music and Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong’s Porgy & Bess.

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HR Records recently got official signage after five years in the Brightwood Park neighborhood.

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Campbell has long been a purveyor of records and D.C. music paraphernalia.

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Campbell became one of the few Black record-store owners in the country.

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Campbell often refers to records as physical pieces of history.

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He kickstarted the Home Rule Music and Film Preservation Foundation to shine a light on D.C.’s incredible music legacy.

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The foundation has produced a documentary about the storied Black Fire Records, hosted 14 local acts for “tiny stage” performances during the pandemic, and launched the Home Rule Music Festival.

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Campbell's shop has become a national representative for small businesses.

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Kennedy Street is a prime example of the transformation happening in D.C.

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Campbell sees music as a healing and connecting force in the universe.

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Change isn't always a bad thing, according to Campbell.

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HR Records plays oldies on the sidewalk on warm afternoons.

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Campbell believes that the history of jazz music is the history of America and African Americans.

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Records often come with liner notes, posters, and lyrics, which you can't hold in your hands by streaming a track online.

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There has been nonstop construction in the neighborhood since Campbell opened his doors.

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Campbell's shop has been a special place for years before the vice president's visit.