This is my mate Keith, he runs a record shop in Kingston Upon Thames here!
If you are ever in the neighbourhood, pop in and tell him I sent ya! I'm not on commission but I do love a record shop and think people like Keith are keeping them alive!
There is something so seductive about the smell of old vinyl... and don't get me started on the crackle! Just rediscovered this via a recording and it gave me goosebumps. One of the great reasons I love that I am a child of the 70s is that I can appreciate vinyl and all its crackling joy. Kids today etc etc ;)
My first shop job was in a record shop in Liverpool on Matthew Street called Backtracks... I was 16/17 and soon also had a cloakroom job in a nightclub called The Buzz... ah good times! I loved working listening to music all day.. hence my radio bug methinks!
Later when I moved to Basingstoke I got a Saturday job at the brand new HMV and met my first love...
So here's to record shops, long may they live on street corners, full of indie kids, soul divas, metal heads and all the rest!