Saturday 24 November 2012

New Film: Last Shop Standing

Last Shop Standing:
The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of the independent record shop

  "The independent record shops are true gems of our culture. Who would want them thrown away?" 
Johnny Marr Musician

“There were record shops when I started my career, they were everywhere…”
Paul Weller Musician

Paul Weller

“ Record shops kept me going when I was desperately trying to work out how to be an international rock star”
Billy Bragg International Rock Star

Billy Bragg

Main Details:
A  documentary film
A collaboration between award winning film company Blue Hippo Media Ltd and Proper Music Publishing Ltd
Director: Pip Piper
Producer: Rob Taylor

Director, Pip Piper
Last Shop Standing inspired by the book of the same name by Graham Jones takes you behind the counter to discover why nearly 2000 record shops have already disappeared across the UK. The film charts the rapid rise of record shops in the 60,70 and 80's, the influence of the chart, the underhand deals, the demise of vinyl and rise of the CD as well as new technologies. Where did it all go wrong? Why were 3 shops a week closing? Will we be left with no record shops with the continuing rise of downloading? Hear from over 20 record shop owners and music industry leaders as well as musicians including Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Billy Bragg, Nerina Pallot, Richard Hawley and Clint Boon as they all tell us how the shops became and still are a part of their own musical education, a place to discover and cherish new bands, new music and why they might just have a brighter future. The film also contains rare footage of The Beatles and Elvis Presley

Last shop standing the film is inspired by Graham Jones’ book of the same name: Graham has worked in music retail for over 30 years and his claim to fame is he has probably visited more record shops in the UK than any other person alive!
The film was shot between December 2011 and June 2012 and visited 28 independent record shops the length and breadth of the UK. The film features the record shop owners and their shops as well as many musicians and music industry legends capturing the stories and insights into the history and journey of so many of these culturally hallowed music spaces.

Last Shop Standing – Contributing Shops

The Diskery, Birmingham; Bridport Music, Bridport; Borderline Records, Brighton; Resident, Brighton; Rounder Records, Brighton; Rise, Bristol; Spillers Records, Cardiff; C E Hudson, Chesterfield; Monorail, Glasgow; Jumbo Records, Leeds; The Musical Box, Liverpool; Soul Brother Records, London; Honest Jon’s, London; Intoxica, London; Record Collector, London; Sister Ray, London; Rough Trade East, London; Kingbee Records, Manchester; Beatin’ Rhythm, Manchester; Truck Store, Oxford; Apollo Records, Paisley; Record Collector, Sheffield; Derricks Music, Swansea; Kanes, Stroud; Dales Music, Tenby; Square Records, Wimborne; Acorn Music, Yeovil,

Other contributors:
Tony Wadsworth: Chairman of BPI
Paul Quirk: Chairman ERA
Jason Draper:  Reviews Editor Record Collector Magazine
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