In 1997 Amoeba Music crossed the Bay to open its San Francisco location, in a converted bowling alley at the eastern edge of Golden Gate Park. Here we stock hundreds of thousands of music and movie titles from every genre imaginable, and we’re constantly buying great collections and bringing in new product. The beautiful, dynamic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, with its history of music and free expression, is the perfect place for an offshoot from the original location in like-minded Berkeley. With our huge selection, kool staff, and amazing live shows, we’re a must-see part of San Francisco!
We pay particular attention to the experimental frontiers of rock, hip-hop, electronica and jazz. You’ll find amazing catalogues of artists like Sun Ra, Zappa and Stockhausen, tons of up-to-the-minute underground indie, garage, emo and art-punk bands, cutting-edge hip-hop and turntablism from the likes of the Anticon collective and the Invisibl Skratch Piklz. You’ll also find a world-class selection of Japanese rock & pop, the best roots reggae selection on the West coast, and deep experimental libraries from Derek Bailey, John Zorn, Merzbow and countless others. We’re THE store for the dedicated music fan!
We’re also one of the city’s best places to see live music – our legendary free in-stores have included Spiritualized, M.I.A., Van Hunt, Ladytron, the Gossip, Will Oldham, Sonic Youth, Kid Koala, Sharon Jones, the Polyphonic Spree, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and a well-remembered show by the late Elliott Smith. We’re constantly presenting nationally known touring artists as well as independent bands and DJs on our stage, eye-catchingly decorated like a psychedelic Victorian living room. Music can also be enjoyed privately, at numerous CD listening stations throughout the store.
In Spring 2004, Amoeba SF launched a major expansion that has created the biggest DVD outlet in the Bay Area. A store-within-a-store, the DVD room at Amoeba offers more than 30,000 titles, new and used. We carry everything from new hit films, rock films and concerts, Asian cinema and cult films, to hard-to-find imports and rare independent releases. Nor do we neglect VHS or laserdisc; our video and laser sections are equally stellar. We’ve become the DVD store for people who love film, as much as we’ve always been the music lover’s music store.
Amoeba SF is a meeting place where musicians, DJs, collectors and artists of all kinds can get together and stay up on the scene. Our store reflects the progressive spirit of the city — we support rainforest conservation, recycling, and a whole host of good causes including raising money to help rebuild New Orleans. Together, our staff and shoppers are actively devoted to bettering our community through collective action and of course, musical and artistic experimentation of every kind. Through spreading good music and great energy, we want to change the world!