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The Last Jukebox Doctor

May 11, 2015 | 831 videos
Video by Alden Nusser, Patrick Donachie

In this short documentary, filmmakers Alden Nusser and Patrick Donachie profile Perry Rosen, one of America's few remaining jukebox technicians. Rosen, whose Sheepshead Bay home is lined with a half-dozen Wurlitzers and Rock-Olas, says that he can repair any variety of jukebox "from the 1930s right up to the year 2000." Who knew they still made these things that recently?

As the jukebox fades from American culture, though, Rosen still sees purpose and merit in his work. His clientele is mostly Baby Boomers, who collect jukeboxes for their nostalgic value. "It feels good to be in a business that makes people happy, that gives people joy," he said.

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Author: Chris Heller

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