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Last Shop Standing - Whatever Happened To Record Shops? - New Edition 2014

    The book ‘Last Shop Standing: Whatever Happened to Record Shops?’ is the story of how the UK went from having over 2000 independent record shops in the 1980's to just 269 by 2009.

    Graham Jones was in the perfect position to witness their sad decline from the van tage point of a record company salesman who has travelled the length and breadth of the UK to sell stock to these shops. As he watched the tragedy unfold he decided it was important that someone documented their tales before the record shop went the way of the stamp shop, the coin shop and the candlestick maker.

    He set off on a tour of the UK to interview 50 record shop owners to see why they had survived whilst a couple of thousand others had closed. These interviews are the basis of the book. Graham thought he was writing the obituary of the record store but Last Shop Standing became a celebration of these great cultural meeting places: a David and Goliath tale of stores managing to keep going despite the immense pressure from downloading and supermarkets.

    In 2012 Last Shop Standing was made into a successful film featuring Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Richard Hawley, Paul Weller, Billy Bragg and lots of record shop owners from the book. The film has been screened all over the world and the DVD was the official film of Record Store Day 2013.

    Recently, record shops have made an astounding comeback and we now have more record shops than back in 2009. This updated sixth edition of Last Shop Standing explains why. This edition also gives a comprehensive
    update on the original shops interviewed. Last Shop Standing has become a piece of social history. It is also a damn good laugh.

    Graham Jones

    Last Shop Standing - Whatever Happened To Record Shops? (RSD 2012 5th Edition)

      "Last Shop Standing" lifts the lid on an area of the music industry in tatters – a sad but true tale of the decline of record shops and their beloved vinyl too. The author, Graham Jones has worked at the heart of the record industry since the golden 1980s. He was there during the fruitful retail years and has witnessed the tragic decline of a business blighted by corruption and corporate greed. Undertaking a final tour of the last remaining independent record shops in Britain, Graham has collected a wealth of entertaining stories that explain why the best are still standing, and how the worst of them blew it. The book includes revealing anecdotes about rock stars and industry figures including The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, David Bowie, Joy Division, Oasis, The Sex Pistols and John Peel. "Last Shop Standing" is a hilarious, addictive, yet sometimes harrowing account written by a man who has been there and sold that. It is a book that will bring a wry smile to the face of anyone who has ever bought a music CD or attended a concert, and still has the promotional t-shirt of a favourite band to prove it. Since getting a break into the music industry following a colleague's failed, comical suicide attempt, Graham Jones has amassed an excellent collection of anecdotes on his travels around the record shops of Britain – all included in Last Shop Standing: The hilarity of the UK's worst record shop (not us - phew!); The most dysfunctional family in pop music; How Take That were conned out of the Christmas number 1; The hysterical tale of the band that faked a murder; The shop that sold £45,000 worth of records for a fiver (also not us - double phew!), and much more.


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