Glossop Record Club returns on Thursday 8th May for our third consecutive guest-hosted session. This time, it’s the turn of Graham Jones – a founder of Proper Music and author of ‘Last Shop Standing’ and ‘Strange Requests and Comic Tales from Record Shops’. Born in Anfield, Liverpool, Graham managed local band The Cherry Boys and ran his own market stall, selling fruit bowls made from Beatles LPs melted into shape under a grill. He then travelled the country selling records, tapes and CDs to independent record shops.
‘Last Shop Standing: Whatever Happened to Record Shops?’ tells how the UK went from having over 2000 independent record shops in the 1980s to just 269 by 2009. Witnessing this decline from his vantage point as a record company salesman, the book became a celebration of the survivors: a David and Goliath tale of shops managing to keep going despite the immense pressure from downloading and supermarkets.
In 2012 ‘Last Shop Standing’ was made into a documentary featuring Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Richard Hawley, Paul Weller, Billy Bragg and lots of record shop owners from the book. It was the official film of Record Store Day 2013.
The book is now in its sixth edition, and explores how record shops have made an astounding comeback in recent years, speaking to owners of new shops that have opened across the country. Read an extract here. You can buy a copy from Bay Tree Books.
Graham has promised to entertain us with tales from the crazy world of record shops and reveal the murky side of the music industry. He’ll also be playing one of his favourite albums, from vinyl and in full. Alongside this, The Radio Shed will be hosting a music and general knowledge quiz with prizes up for grabs. And if you braved the queues for Record Store Day, this will be your chance to share the precious hard-won vinyl you’ve picked up. That will include me!
GLOSSOP RECORD CLUB presents talk and music with ‘Last Shop Standing’ author Graham Jones
Thursday 8th May, 8-11pm
Glossop Labour Club, Chapel Street, Glossop, SK13 8AT.