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PECKHAM 33-45-78 RPM

PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 10:17 pm
by Leon Parker
The British Record Shop Archive proudly presents Peckham 33-45-78 RPM, an exhibition celebrating the history of record retailing in Peckham and East Dulwich. Exhibition is at 91 Peckham High Street and runs January 10-29. Free entry.


For over 50 years, Peckham had notable independent stores like Reeds that stocked a wide variety of new music, both singles and albums. Reeds' fostered relationships with the labels and invited the stars of the day to do in-store promotional events. Shops like Reeds did not carry large stocks as most of it was behind the counter and you had to either ask for it or order it. Chart items could be got in most shops, but Woolworths on Rye Lane were the principle stockist of Top 40 45s.

Black Music Outlets


"This was one of the first areas in London to get music from Caribbean, " said Michael Fountaine, former proprietor of Maestro Records Peckham.


From the 1960s on Peckham experienced an influx of Afro-Caribbean (and later African) communities whose tastes were geared not towards British popular music the likes of Reeds and Woolworths stocked but the new music from the West Indies. This lead to the opening of independent shops specializing in West Indian music (calypso, ska, soca, reggae, dancehall). These independent shops had a different relationship to the record labels, dealing more with imports or independent labels that specialised in black music. They also had a different relationship with their customers who would have heard a tune at a local dance held by Neville The Enchanter Sound system or an uptown club like Crackers. DJ David Rodigan (MBE) is known to have sold records out of the railway arches in Peckham.

Hybrid Shops

Many non-record shops (Afro-Caribbean food vendors or hairdressers) also sold West Indian records to Peckham residents. There were also hybrid shops which sold records as well as electrical goods and bicycles. There were also music departments which could be found in the large stores like Jones and Higgs. Mr Tippels of Peckham Park Road sold records but was also a newsagent. To see Mr Tippels collection of Jamaican 45s you had to make an appointment. It is believed that across the last century some twenty-five record shops (or hybrid shops selling records) existed in Peckam. Now three new record shops have sprung up in Peckham along with two hybrid shops selling organic foods, alcohol and records.

Other music related links

Peckham Manor School 1970 saw Bob Marley/Johnny Nash do a promotion gig before Marley went on to become an international superstar. Dave Godin (1936 -2005) was a key figure in promoting soul music in the UK and he was born and raised in Peckham. Two local record shop owners', Reg Reed and Harry Tipple, initiated The Record Retailer publication in 1959 .

The British Record Shop Archive website is based in Peckham. It held its first London exhibition (about the history of Dobells Jazz Folk Blues shop) in summer 2014 in Soho's Berwick Street. The BRSA latest exhibition Peckham 33-45-78 RPM showcases a collection of photos, newspaper cuttings, original shop bags and memories supplied by those who shopped in Peckham’s now lost record shops. A selection of archive merchandise and other related record shop items will be on sale.

The BRSA invites everyone to drop in. And if you did once shop in Peckham’s record shops bring your memories, photographs, record shop bags, flyers and other memorabilia.


Open to the public from 10th-29th January 11:00 am till 6:00

91 Peckham High Street, SE15 5RS

Re: PECKHAM 33-45-78 RPM

PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:50 am
by Garth Cartwright
Nice exhibition full of all kinds of bits and pieces from Peckham's past. Well worth dropping in to. Leon also has lots of stuff for sale so you might blag a January bargain not found anywhere else!

Re: PECKHAM 33-45-78 RPM

PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 2:05 pm
by AndyM
Seeing Reed's mentioned is very nostalgic, as it was where I bought a lot of singles in my childhood & teenage years (approximate historical span: from Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch to Wreckless Eric). Family run, as I recall, since the women who handled most of the customer interaction was Mrs Reed, at least that's what she was known as to my family.

Re: PECKHAM 33-45-78 RPM

PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 5:05 pm
by NormanD
AndyM wrote:Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch
Dozy has just died, which leaves us with Beaky, Mick and Titch. Which you don't really want to know when you've just had another birthday putting your childhood even further away.

Happy birthday, by the way, Andy!

I'll definitely get along to this - maybe tomorrow?

Re: PECKHAM 33-45-78 RPM

PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 11:21 pm
by AndyM
Reading the Dozy obituaries at least cleared up the which-one's-him question. I mean, Dave Dee aside, you could only ever really be sure about Beaky.

Re: PECKHAM 33-45-78 RPM

PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:46 pm
by Garth Cartwright
Just a reminder that Leon's exhibition closes on Thursday at 5pm - if you have not dropped in yet and have the time then do so!

Re: PECKHAM 33-45-78 RPM

PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:53 pm
by NormanD
Called in yesterday. It's a very good exhibition, showing us a slice of local social history. A lot more memories have been brought in by long-term residents of the Peckham area to add to that record of everyday life that music is always a part of.

Good on Leon for this initiative,

Re: PECKHAM 33-45-78 RPM

PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 6:17 pm
by Garth Cartwright
I dropped in this afternoon and noticed you had been by, Norman, as you had slyly left your calling card - a Barclay James Harvest LP slotted in amongst all the soul LPs! Cheeky devil!

Re: PECKHAM 33-45-78 RPM

PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 6:52 pm
by NormanD
Yes indeed. I was trying to sell it to raise the money to buy the pair of cowboy boots in the window.