Last Shop Standing
Featuring Q&A with the Director
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United Kingdom, 2012
“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
“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
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.