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Record shops of Soho from 1946 to 1996 Exhibition

PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 2:16 pm
by Leon Parker
Record shops of Soho from 1946 to 1996.
The British Record Shop Archive and the Museum Of Soho present a past a reflection on the history of record retail of Soho and the surrounding area in celebration of Record Store Day.

BRSA estimated that a 120 retail outlets sold records from Classical, Jazz, Folk, Rock, Soul, Reggae, Punk, Dance and beyond.
From post-war Britain all the way up to the end of the 20th century these shops played a central role in the development of many musical genres and fashions and in turn exported our youth culture to the world.
The exhibition would tell this story using, photographs, film and personal accounts from the people who went to, worked at and were part of this golden age of vinyl. Soho was the place you first saw a Bo Diddly album or where you could get that latest American Soul import. Small, dark basement rooms and market stalls were home to specialist sub-genres and underground sounds.
The exhibition would not only show archive material but actively encourage the public to recall their memories and become involved in its curation and preservation. The intention is to build on our existing archive and to source new material to enhance the collection.
Many of those who ran shops like the famous Dobell's are now in their 80's so the memory pool is shrinking and needs to be recorded for future generations.
The list of the famous who gravitated to the record shops of Soho is formidable but some of the greatest include; David Bowie, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Marc Bolan, Dylan, Hendrix, Cream and Led Zeppelin.
All came to Soho to find the vinyl that was to be inspirational in their formative artistic careers.

10th - 20th April 2 Berwick St Soho, London W1F ODR
Preview Night: Friday April 10th 2015, 18:60 - 21:30
Opening Hours: 10:00 till 19:00

Re: Record shops of Soho from 1946 to 1996 Exhibition

PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 11:53 pm
by NickH
Looking forward to having a look at the exhibition during Record Store Day on 18th April.