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Going for a Song: A Chronicle of the UK Record Shop

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Author Garth Cartwright has travelled the length and breadth of the UK, conducting more than 100 interviews with some of the icons of the record shop trade and the wider music industry, including Martin Mills (Beggars Banquet), Geoff Travis (Rough Trade), Andy Gray (Andy's Records), Ralph McTell, Chris Barber, The Specials and many more. Featuring a foreword by the great c ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Flood Gallery
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Mike Sumner
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Going For a Song. Phew! I started reading this in April - taken me almost eight months to complete! Large pages and small print are daunting to say the least. So, I've read it a few pages at a time. It is truly an in-depth history of the rise, fall and rebirth of the UK's independent record shops. From early 50s and Dobell's Jazz, Blues & Folk shop, Levy's of Whitechapel and Transat Imports for soul 45s. Virgin and Beggars Banquets build empires out of rock shops. Our Price, Rough Trade, Small W ...more
Andy Horton
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
A thoughtful Christmas present, based on my love of books and records.
A good, engaging history, infused with a love of music and the communities that grow up around it - of which the record shops were and to an extent still are important hubs.
History - economic, social and cultural - as well as the anecdotes and character sketches I might have expected, Very well structured, too. Cartwright manages to weave the stories of overlapping time periods, subcultures and regions without confusion or rep
Mat Davies
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Part extended wikipedia entry, part social history, all love letter to Britain's illustrious record shop history this is a knowledgeable and approachable overview that wears its heart on its sleeve as readily as it applies a knowing wit and intelligence. Lots of good insight on some famous brands (Virgin, Rough Trade et al) but also on some lesser known but equally influential shops (shout out to Spillers in Cardiff and Cob in Porthmadog). This is good fun with excellent anecdotes and a reminder ...more
Frank Allinson
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. My partner asked me if it is a train spotting book for music nerds, which pretty much sums it up. However the amount of detail in it is amazing. It also contains a very good list of independent record stores that are still open around the country. Well worth reading in my opinion.
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous history of the UK record store from their beginnings. Written with passion, love and clearly a deep understanding of the subject. Great illustrations (love the front cover) and interviews with so many of the key players.

A story never told before, told superbly by Cartwright.
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Five star history of the record shop and the characters involved in well known shops such as Rough trade
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
great book....a boon to every vinyl fan
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