Top positive review
6 May 2018
This is a really well researched look at the glorious institiution that is the record shop. It looks at the early beginnings...the shellac, the shared display space with at times incongorous other goods. What is interesting is perhaps the motivations behind the people/owners of the shops...was it Love ..Or Money. For some the latter...for many I would like to think the former. I was lucky enough to work in some small independent records shops in the late 70's before heading off to London and got the Our Price call and then Virgin. I witnessed a lot of changes which are covered in the book....the insane number of stores opening trying to make the biggest chain, the great CD Ripoff....and the ups and downs of the Music Industry. I learnt a lot from these experiences, mostly about music, but also some things about waste, greed and deception. I've now seen the rise again of more small shops, Vinyl is back...and like a sucker..|@m in there thumbing through the racks old and new, my obsession has returned.
So the book names names of shops, some alive and some not now. Even while writing the book, there were losses recorded. There are interviewsand quotes with customers, owners and shop workers. A lot of names I recall with happy memories. I worked at Gallup in the eighties on the Music Industry charts...I rang a lot of the independednt shops to ask about releases they had sold. It was detective work, and the shop satff were always most helpful, running round looking for the stock so we could then contact the labels and confirm what they were, and if they were eligible. These people knew their stuff....many were Specialist stores, and they were absoultley on it.
If you are a record fan, you will love this....