Between 2015-2019, I wrote a series of (mostly) real life stories from the record shop that I worked in at the time. Included here – all in one place for the first time – is the complete anthology.
Tales From a Record Shop – The Final One
This is will be our final visit to the record shop. “But why?” Because it’s not my daily day any more. On the 1stJune we finally closed the shop. (If you would like to read our reasons behind the decision, you can find our closing statement here). This final blog…
Tales From A Record Shop #10
Well, hi there. It’s been a while. (About 205 days, I think, if I’ve been counting right.) Let’s get straight on, shall we. I’ve got another little tale to tell. And this time it’s not very funny . . . The focus on writing about daily life in a record…
Tales From A Record Shop: Here’s Where The Story Ends – A Year of Songs
Hello. So why on earth would I have Mary Berry as the poster girl for my A Year of Songs for 2018? How could she be relevant? Let’s just get straight to it, shall we . . . Idles: Well Done This band. They’ve done amazingly well, and they fully deserve it.…
Tales From A Record Shop: What A Difference A Year Makes – A Year Of Songs
When you add up a year of days, so much can change. Here are some of the songs that helped to inspire my year.
Tales From A Record Shop #9
A tale with a twist . . .
Tales From A Record Shop #8
F is for Fib.
Tales From A Record Shop #7
Fathers & Daughters – Pimping out your progeny.
Tales From a Record Shop #6
M is for Muppet.
Tales From a Record Shop – The Christmas Special!
Ah, they all come out at Christmas. Time for a light-hearted festive diggle.
So, I Was Stranded On This Desert Island . . .
I’ve been listening to a lot of Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs recently. I’ve often fantasised as to what songs and items I would choose to be stranded with. I mean, how do you even begin to choose what songs to take with you when there’s a lifetime’s supply, and…
Tales From A Record Shop #5
Separating reality from fiction (and a potential lawsuit for defaming the world’s foremost violinist . . .)
Tales From A Record Shop #4
An enlightening real life story of talking about sex and pornography to an old man.
Tales From A Record Shop #3
Theft and a mind-bogglingly honest thief (sort of).
Tales From A Record Shop #2
Stealing in plain sight: How not to get away with it . . .
Tales From A Record Shop #1
An easy target for the freaks. Come one and come all . . .
For The Love Of Good Music: Local And Live 2015 – Uniting A Town
In a world where there is so little given for free, except for the odd cup of tea if you collect enough storecard points (and thanks, but I’ll have coffee please, if that’s okay; and a piece of this tasty-looking cake – never mind paying for a good slice o’…
The British Music Scene: Alive And Well . . . And Kicking Butt
The British music scene is in a pretty happy place right now. New artists like Hozier, Catfish & The Bottlemen and Lucy Rose are achieving massive international acclaim, and rightly so. Blur returned with a triumphant new album, less than a year after Damon Albarn released his incredible debut solo LP,…