31 Aug Downtown Denizen: Ronald Corso
Owner, 11th Street Records
What was your favorite subject in school?
If you won 100 million dollars, what would you buy first?
After a long vacation with my family, probably the 11th Street Records building, the vacant building next door, and the Bunkhouse. Then, a pizza.
If you had to choose just one place to vacation every year for the rest of your life, where would it be?
What is your proudest accomplishment?
My marriage and my kids.
If someone were to make a movie about your life, who would you hope would play you?
Meryl Streep, I think she’d be fantastic.
What are some of the different jobs that you have had in your life?
I worked in a zoo. I was a room service waiter at the old Desert Inn. I drove a cab for a while. I worked in radio, recording studios, record stores, as an electronics tech, a bunch of stuff. I currently have the best job that exists in the known universe though.
Do you have a favorite quote or saying that inspires you?
These days the Teddy Roosevelt “Arena” speech rings true a lot of the time. Google it.
If you could try out any job for a day, what would you like to try?
Rhythm guitar in Crazy Horse.
Who was your childhood celebrity crush?
Debbie Harry. I was a weird kid.
Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
Is this before or after the $100 million? A bespoke tailor shop in Milan or Saville Row. I dig suits.
Which Muppet is your favorite?
Animal, or the Beatnik Muppets on Sesame Street. Y’know, the ones in turtlenecks and shades?
What was the last great movie you saw?
“The Wrecking Crew,” a documentary on the session musicians that were responsible for a huge amount of hit records in the 60’s. This studio is very much inspired by that era, so it was great to See More those studio shots.
What was the last great book you read?
Cities and the Creative Class by Richard Florida. I don’t know if it was great, but it was interesting.
The last concert you attended?
Same Sex Mary/Dark Black/Hidden Levels at Fremont Country Club. That was one for the ages.
If you could give one piece of advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be?
“Relax. You’re going to be alright.”
In one sentence, what does the future of Downtown Las Vegas look like to you?
“Relax, it’s going to be alright.”
What weapon would you carry during the Zombie Apocalypse?
Louisville Slugger. Maybe with a ball-peen hammer as a backup.
What is your favorite downtown venue?
t the moment? National Southwestern Recording, the studio behind 11th Street Records. In a short time, we’ve already seen a lot of remarkable music. Behind the glass is the best seat in the house.