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Strange Requests and Comic Tales from Record Shops Paperback – 29 Jul 2013

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Product details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Proper Music Publishing Ltd; 01 edition (29 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956121268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956121264
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Graham Jones (author of Last Shop Standing) releases a new coffee table book on Monday 29th July. 'Strange Requests and Comic Tales from Record Shops' recount Graham's best anecdotes from over 30 years experience in music sales. The anecdotes come from people who have been often pleased and sometimes bemused to find themselves stationed behind the record shop counter and is illustrated by Guardian and Sunday Times cartoonist Kipper Williams Paul Weller


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A book for and by record shop guys. I'm an old record shop guy from the 70s myself - "High Fidelity" was quite accurate. I found this book a bit disappointing though as it's mostly pub-type 'guess what happened today in the shop' anecdotes. Some of it is pretty funny, it did make me smile but I won't be going back to it as much as I thought I would, or getting copies to give to my other ex-record shop colleagues. Retail/shop work is more or less the same whatever country or line of business you are in; you get knowledgeable customers, ignorant customers, time-wasters, nutcases, whoever decides to come in off the street. And ignorance and stupidity are only funny up to a point which this book never gets past. Pick up a cheap s/h copy if you can.
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It seemed like a good idea, possibly inspired by Jen Campbell's hilarious Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops. Problem is, most of the stories aren't very interesting or funny. Maybe that's why almost every anecdote - in fact almost every sentence - ends in a faintly desperate exclamation mark. It's really quite irritating! And unnecessary! Far too many of the stories are just banal accounts of customers getting the names of bands wrong! Someone asked for 'Ha-Ha' instead of 'A-Ha'! How funny is that?! Another thought that Coldplay were called Snowplay! ROFL!

Some of the stories could have been more interesting, but they seem to have been printed as they were received, and record shop owners aren't professional writers. But apart from adding the exclamation marks (surely they can't all have been written that way), the editors don't seem to have done anything to liven up the material.

Yawn!
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A pleasant enough read. Some of the tales are as old as the hills but still stand re-telling. A good book for dipping in and out of. Glad to see its not just the customers who are wallys when it comes to music.
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Not really funny.......perhaps my expectations were too high? Surprisingly thin on content, more a stocking filler than a book to recommend..
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