Part 2 now online
Pete Waterman looks at the decline of the independent record shop and
considers what the future holds.
We hear from Nick Todd, the quirky, straight-talking owner of Spillers
in Cardiff. The world's oldest record shop still in operation, it has
been hailed as a "lifeline" by The Manic Street Preachers and the place
where they got their musical education. Local radio star, Frank
Hennessy, explains how the shop has managed to ward off multiple closure
threats and compete in a supermarket and download dominated market.
Frequented by such acts as Super Furry Animals, Cerys Matthews, the Coal
and the Zutons, Spillers remains full of character, and a true cultural
institution which so far, locals have done everything to protect.
And Pete is awestruck as he enters Rough Trade East, the cult record
store off London's Brick Lane, which makes him feel seventeen again.
It's one of the last independent record shops in a city formerly teeming
with them and, since its opening in 2007, it has bucked the trend and
Whether it's supermarkets, downloading, hikes in rent, or complacent
store managers that are to blame for the decimation of our record shops,
one thing's for sure: the survivors are fighting back. And if they
continue to have their way then the record shop is here to stay