FEATURE: DO WE STILL NEED UK MUSIC SHOPS?

DO WE STILL NEED UK MUSIC SHOPS? | GRM NEWS | The home of youth culture and urban entertainment.

THE ABOVE ARTICLE FROM GRM DAILY IS A REALLY WELL WRITTEN PIECE, WELL HERE IS MY VIEW.

BASICALLY MY ANSWER IS A BIG FAT RESOUNDING YES!!!

THERE IS NOTHING THAT WILL REPLACE THE ANTICIPATION OF UNWRAPPING THE CELLOPHANE OFF A CD FROM YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST, THE SMELL OF VINYL AS YOU TAKE IT OUT OF ITS CARDBOARD SLEEVE, THE SKIPS AND THE HISS OF VINYL.

CLICKING DOWNLOAD ON YOUR PC OR PHONE JUST ISN’T QUITE THE SAME, THOUGH I DO LOVE A GOOD DIGITAL BOOKLET AND THOSE VERSION ALBUM TRACKS.

THE FEELING AS A KID WANDERING ALL OVER NOTTINGHAM WITH ITS TWO !! HMV’S A VIRGIN MEGASTORE SO  MEGA YOU COULD GET LOST IN IT AND ITS MANY INDEPENDENT RECORD SHOPS [SELECT A DISC ETC] WAS A JOY, TRAWLING THROUGH ENDLESS RACKS OF CD’S, TSHIRT’S, POSTERS AND VARIOUS OTHER MUSIC PARAPHERNALIA.

TODAY WE HAVE THE RISE OF VINYL WITH ITS SALES EVER INCREASING AND A DEMAND FOR RARE VINYLS AT FEVER PITCH, DID ANYONE GET WILEY’S SUMMER JAM THE OTHER DAY BTW??? ITS SEEMS THE RECORD SHOP COULD BE ON ITS WAY BACK.

SO PLEASE ARTISTS PLEASE, PLEASE ENJOY YOUR DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION DEALS BUT PLEASE KEEP BRINGING OUT THOSE EXCLUSIVE VINYL RUNS AND HARD COPIES, PEOPLE LIKE ME WILL BUY THEM,

EVEN IF LIKE ME YOU HAVE NO DECKS BUT STILL OWN VINYL HAVE NO CASSETTE PLAYER BUT I STILL BUY SIDEWINDER PACKS IF I COME ACROSS THEM.

COLLECTING VINYL IS LIKE COLLECTING ART, THERE ARE LIMITED RUNS AND NOT EVERYONE HAS THEM,

ITS KINDA LIKE WHY I DON”T BUY BAIT IKEA CANVASES BECAUSE I PREFER INDIVIDUAL PIECES.

SO YES WE DO NEED RECORD SHOPS, WE DON’T NEED MUSIC SHOPS FULL OF TABLETS, GAMES, AND GAMING ACCESSORIES.

HERE’S TO TRAWLING ITS THE WAY FORWARD

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