Top Ten Records established in Oak Cliff in 1956; Converted to a 501 c3 co-op record shop and media archive in 2017. Open Now!

Project: To save a historic record store in the heart of Oak Cliff and to convert it to a sustainable, non-profit, member-based media archive; with videos, records and other physical media for sale and loan.

Mission: To develop and sustain a piece of Oak Cliff history as a resource for media literacy and cultural study, while preserving, restoring, and making available to the public an archive of music and film.

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About Top Ten Records

Top Ten Records, established in 1956 by J.W. “Dub” Stark,  is the longest-running record store in Dallas. In 1963 Officer J.D. Tippit made a mysterious phone call using the store phone shortly before he was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald, making Top Ten the last public place he was seen. The phone survives and is on display near the cash register. The shop has been a staple for the Oak Cliff neighborhood since its inception and has a strong history of supporting local and DIY music.

Mike Polk (owner since 1979) planned to retire from daily operations of the shop. Fans and Oak Cliff stakeholders created a non-profit to sustain the shop as a combo music & film store, archiving center, and membership library. Mike is still actively involved.