Welcome to this week's edition of the R.C. Weekly Newsletter brought to you from 991.
Today’s the day the new issue of Record Collector hits the streets – although we’d greatly prefer it if it actually hit the shops instead! It features some bloke called Bowie on the front, quite a famous figure in the 70s, we are told, not that we go back that far (I wish). The story centres on his last truly great album, Scary Monsters… And Super Creeps, and asks whether this was the moment that he stopped leading fashion and started to follow it. Inside the mag you’ll find Captain Sensible pondering Damned Damned Damned at 35, a piece about the birth of mod and The Flamingo club where it was delivered, Michael Schenker and UFO speak to RC, as does the 70s soul queen Betty Wright, we talk to Carl McKoy of Fields Of The Nephilim, Stackridge and Arthur Brown, discover the hidden Tubby Hayes, and there are reviews of the Immersion Edition of The Wall, Tindersticks and Palace Brothers. Plus prog legends Grannie recount their story in their own words.
If I hadn’t already read it, I’d be buying it myself.
It’s been a good week all round; we had a film crew in the office pointing their cameras at Jason Draper, our reviews editor and a Bowie-like figure himself (in our seriously biased opinion). They’re shooting the film Last Shop Standing, for release in late summer, about the place of record shops in the modern world and their importance to the community. You can find out more in Jason’s excellent blog, which you’ll find here: possible fraud attempt "dmtrk.net" as styluscounsel.wordpress.com/
I found out something myself about the importance of record shops in the community last Saturday when I visited Wood Street Indoor Market in Walthamstow. I used to go there when I lived nearby, but the last time I went the place was dying on its feet, although the second-hand record shops were still there. So it was a wonderful surprise to find the place thriving again after intervention from the local council, who let the empty units out for those working in arts and crafts. The place is buzzing. It was the record shops that had kept it going through the lean times, and now they’ll benefit from the new trade coming in. I was amazed at how much great vinyl they had available in all genres – including a shop jammed with 78s – plus there are units that stock movie posters, antiques, etc. It’s at 98-100 Wood Street, London E17 3HX and I’ll be shopping there again soon.
Thanks for reading this and supporting Record Collector.
Best to you,
Ian McCann, Editor of Record Collector