GOING FOR A SONG: A Chronicle of the UK Record Shop by Garth Cartwright [BOOK]
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Going For A Song explores the secret history of the UK record shop, from the age of the wax cylinder to the days of dubstep and the resurgence of vinyl. Illustrated with dozens of rare photographs, advertisements, record bags and treasures from the golden age of record retail.
The book covers the whole colourful story of UK record-buying, from market traders selling music-hall 78s alongside Whitechapel’s shellac synagogues, through HMV’s Oxford Street classical emporium and Soho’s post-WW2 jazz, blues and folk merchants, to mods hungry for imported ska and ravers demanding Detroit techno.
Going for a Song reveals how Brian Epstein, the genius behind Liverpool’s NEMS shops, used his trade contacts to launch The Beatles. It documents the golden dawn of psychedelia at Mayfair’s One Stop, where Jimi Hendrix was a regular customer and witnesses A Clockwork Orange being filmed at the Chelsea Drug Store.
The early Seventies finds Richard Branson’s Virgin shops leading a revolution in record retail, and Rough Trade, Beggars Banquet, Small Wonder and Good Vibrations launching their own punk record labels. The CD boom fuels the megastores, and then downloading takes hold and the chains crash. From the ruins arose a new generation of record shops riding the vinyl revival while Record Store Day is a hugely popular event internationally. Going for a Song details all this and more!
Garth Cartwright is a New Zealand born, London based journalist, author, DJ and music promoter. Garth contributes to a wide variety of newspapers, magazines, websites and radio programmes including The Financial Times, The Guardian, Record Collector, Jazzwise, The New Statesman and Radio 4’s Last Word. His previous books include Princes Amongst Men: Journeys With Gypsy Musicians (2005), More Miles Than Money: Journeys Through American Music (2010) and Miles Davis: The Complete Illustrated History (2012).