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“Record stores play a broad role in developing the culture of your city. It’s a place where people come together… It just becomes part of the cultural fabric of your community.” Luke Sardello, Josey Records.
“It’s amazing that we are running record smashing numbers year over year… it’s very exciting that more and more people are into vinyl records now than literally at any point in the last 30 years”. Travis Searle, Guestroom Records.
“What keeps me motivated is every day I come to work and I know I’m going to learn about something.” Bill Daly Crooked Beat Records
“We also want to encourage women to come into the store. That’s a really important legacy that I wanted to carry on from the previous owner, Jill. We have a lot of female staff members, I think that’s really important, especially with the young people now they see that there’s women working here an we’re knowledgeable about music.” Catherine Merrick, The Record Exchange.
“The purpose of a record store, the physical experience is more than the sum of the parts… you just can’t possibly download a record store.” Nick Mayor, Bric-a-Brac Records & Collectibles.
This week’s episode features Black Star Records in Lyndhurst, New Forest. “You have invest in the art, you have to invest in the future… we invite people to get involved with owning music.” Fran Jones, Black Star Records.
“I think a record shop’s important to a community because it’s keeping the high street alive, you can’t beat just staring at a shelf and physically going through things, that’s the way you pick up stuff you might not have done.” Keith Wildman, The Record Café.
“When we were first putting the shop together we wanted it to be inclusive. We wanted it to be that anyone’s welcome.” Kieran Wilson, Shrubs & Dubs.
“It’s really the people that make the place, they’re supporting us as an institution if you will, in our community right now.” Justin Johnson