Dorset troubadour Billy Bragg (above) is among the talking heads featured in Last Shop Standing, a documentary film about the rise, fall and rebirth of the modern independent record store, which gets a one-off screening at 6.30pm on Monday, November 19 at Exeter Picturehouse. The film showing will be followed by a live Q&A session with film director Pip Piper.
Last Shop Standing is inspired by the book of the same name by Graham Jones; it takes you behind the counter to discover why nearly 2,000 record shops have already disappeared across the UK. Charting the rapid rise of record shops in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, the influence of the chart, the underhand deals, the demise of vinyl and rise of the CD as well as new technologies, it tries to fathom out where it all went wrong.
There are comments from more than 20 record shop owners and music industry leaders as well as musicians, including Billy, Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Nerina Pallot, Richard Hawley and Clint Boon, who explain how the shops became, and still are, a part of their own musical education, a place to cherish and discover new music.
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