"Top Ten Records has always been a record store for the local community."

- Dave Chaos, GM KNON

Top Ten Records, established in 1958 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, the owner since 1979 (and only the 2nd owner), is planning to retire from day-to-day operations of the store, so fans of the shop have banded together to create a new nonprofit operation that will create a new sustainability for the store as a combo record shop, video store, media archive and subscription online video channel. Mike plans to remain active on the new non profit board of directors.


We're a Non-Profit

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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