What’s in a Name?
Val halla (val-hal-a) n.Norse mythology, the great hall of immortality in which the souls of warriors slain heroically were received by Odin and enshrined.
Val’s halla (val’s-hal-a) n. The modest hall of mortals in which the “soul” of music lovers seeking contentment is welcomed by experts and fulfilled. The bottom line is that I have always loved puns and knew for many years that...
Great new film featuring Val’s Halla…
“Re-Vinylized” is a 30-minute documentary about independent record stores in Chicago. The film celebrates the culture of independent record stores while examining the effects of downloading and the recent resurgence of vinyl record sales. The documentary profiles a number of Chicago’s independent record stores, and features interviews with store owners, employees and...
Watch a wonderful conversation with Val! Great video of the Elvis Shrine too.
Black Friday – November 27, 2015
Storewide sale — opening early at 9:00 a.m.
Vast selection of Black Friday ONLY titles
LIVE music – hosted by Ellis Clark 11:00 a.m. til ——-?
Val’s halla was born July 26, 1972 following the demise of a small record chain I had managed from the same location since 1968.
One week after the fall of the chain, I was able to lease the empty location that had been my home for almost five years and — with the all-volunteer efforts of former employees — literally brought a myth to life.
After almost four decades in our original home on South blvd, the spectre of...