Vinyl London A Guide to Independent Record ShopsBy Tom Grieg

    ACC Art Books



    Loads of excellent pix, descriptions, info etc. Limited edition independently published book.

    Why anyone would ever need to go anywhere except Sounds of the Universe we're not quite sure but this is probably the best and most stylish guide you need to independent records shops in London!.

    London's record shop scene is at its most vital and buoyant point since the 1990s, following a resurgence of interest in vinyl over recent years. Tom Greig, who has immersed himself in the world of London's record shops for close to two decades, profiles and tells the story of 60 distinctive independent record stores, selling both new and used vinyl. Vinyl London is at once a practical guide, featuring maps, addresses, opening times and stock information, and an attractive visual celebration of London's record shops. The book is organised geographically, and contains the following chapters; Soho; North; East; South; West; Suburbs; Markets; Vinyl Cafes.

    Usually these type of books can be a bit cheesy and old-fashioned, especially when they don't quite understand the shops - this book is not like that!

    On the money and on the good foot!

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