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5.0 out of 5 stars a labour of love, 19 July 2013
This review is from: Last Shop Standing - The Rise, Fall And Rebirth Of The Independent Record Shop [Deluxe] [DVD] (DVD)
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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