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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.

    Last Shop Standing

    The Rise, Fall And Rebirth Of The Independent Record Shop - Deluxe Edition

      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2013 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

      Deluxe Edition Of This Critically Acclaimed Film.

      Now With 74 Minutes Of Extras Including New And Extended Interviews.

      This is an independent film from an independent film company about independent record shops featuring music by independent bands completely financed by music fans and independent record labels.

      The film charts the rapid rise of record shops in the 1960's / 70s and 80's, the influence of the chart, the underhand deals, the demise of vinyl and rise of the CD as well as new technologies.

      Last Shop Standing

      The Rise, Fall And Rebirth Of The Independent Record Shop

        This is an independent film from an independent film company about independent record shops featuring music by independent bands completely financed by music fans and independent record labels.

        The film charts the rapid rise of record shops in the 1960's / 70s and 80's, the influence of the chart, the underhand deals, the demise of vinyl and rise of the CD as well as new technologies.

        Hear from over 20 record shop owners and music industry leaders as well as musicians including Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Billy Bragg, Richard Hawley and Nerina Pallot as they all tell us how the shops became and still are a part of their own musical education, a place to cherish and discover new bands and new music.


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