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on 2 February 2017
Great for all vinyl lovers and newcomers.
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on 28 May 2016
Thank you.
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on 27 March 2015
interesting, but cheap film , no archives, you don't see enough images concerning the shops , no pictures of records,no music , a compilation of interviews.
With so much video material it's not a good job. ...... and the camera man should stop to be camera man, and use his camescope for his holidays films only...
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This documentary charts the successive stages of the independent record shop from the sixties to the present, with lots of clips of interviews with people in the business. Graham Jones, who was himself a sales rep for many years and has written a book of the same title, clearly knows the subject inside out and also has immense enthusiasm. He has a very genial manner that often draws a humorous response from his subjects, so there are lots of anecdotes and most of these people seem to love their work, which gives a sense of happiness even in the face of the decline of their industry. This in itself shows how valuable these shops are, and the whole world of passionate interest in records, particularly vinyl. You see a number of shops all over the country, and the editing style is fast so we don't spend long in any one place. It becomes a bit of a whirlwind tour with a fairly mobile camera style that disguises the fact that it is mainly interviews spliced together. Jones cements it by interviewing himself to give us the necessary background. I've always loved these shops and felt the lure as a teenager - they have a kind of soul of vinyl and sleeve design that is well-nigh irresistible, and the sense of unimaginable discoveries to be made. To anyone who feels this way, the film is likely to appeal strongly. As I say, it's kept quite pacy through its 50-minute running time, with an upbeat final section suggesting there is light at the end of the tunnel with National Record Day and bands releasing records exclusively to these shops. Then there are a whacking 74 minutes of extras, comprising the full length interviews with people like Johnny Marr (25 engaging mins) and Billy Bragg. It's fascinating stuff from people who are totally committed to music.
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on 12 September 2012
Obviously this is of interest to fans of independent music and, in particular, those who like to buy vinyl records. However, the film is also of broader appeal as it deals with some of the issues of modern consumerism - the difficulties of anyone striding out on their own in the face of corporate and technological competition. With so many independent retailers struggling it's good to see some record shops fighting back and typically doing so with a technology that's decidedly old fashioned. The film is also well made and pleasantly succinct.
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on 11 September 2012
this film conveys the passion, the excitement of the record shop. You can also smell them, and it conveys the atmosphere that you'll only get in these palaces of entertainment and vinyl! it's made for those who reluctantly now buy their music from the majors and hark back to a time when local was king - loved it!
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on 11 September 2012
a really great film exploring the history of independent record shops across the UK: thoughtful and engaging with very enjoyable interviews with shop owners and music celebs: a celebration with bite: a must have for anyone whose really into their music Last Shop Standing: The Rise, Fall And Rebirth Of The Independent Record Shop [DVD]
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on 21 May 2013
A really great interesting film, exploring the history of record shops. It is 50 minutes long, filled with an amazing amount of very interesting interviews with some great archives and story telling. If you we're brought up in the vinyl years, this is a real must for you to buy. Highly recommended!
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VINE VOICEon 13 September 2012
Overall I really enjoyed Last Shop Standing a documentary covering the rise; fall and rebirth of the independent Record Shop (remember them?). The DVD shares some of the characteristics of the shops it describes, i.e. slightly rough around the edges (the jerky camera work for instance), but done with obvious love. The makers should be praised for not only having produced a very good documentary but for also documenting - perhaps just in time - some of the truly great shops that still remain. What shines out is that these `final few' are far more than places than just sell music, they are important to their local community, somewhere where people can still talk face to face and share their passion. The DVD is quite short at 50 minutes, but considering what this documentary was made for this can be more than forgiven. Buy it now or catch it in your local record shop - and if you haven't been in there for years do yourself a favour and pop along today, you might just rediscover the true magic of music.
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on 2 November 2012
This is a good documentary about the independent music stores. And their will to survive. AND the survival of Vinyl Records.

A pure joy to watch, since i grew up with vinyl, the local records store and went on to run my own record store.
Sadly we were one of the stores that fell on the "battlefield". But i'm happy to see that some of us came through on the other side
And to inspire others open up new stores.

VINYL RULES!!!
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