Richard King's account of the several years he spent working in a Bristol independent record shop in the early 90s is destined to become a classic of music writing. We live in an age when the most beautiful of recording formats, vinyl, is back in vogue and thriving. In the early 90s, with the march of the cd and record company disinterest oin the format, vinyl was looking like an anachronism. And with its demise came the gradual erosion of a once beautiful and unique landscape known as the independent record shop.
Richard King has blended memoir and elegiac music writing on the likes of Captain Beefheart, CAN and Julian Cope, to create a book that recalls the debauched glory days of the independent record shop. Chaotic, amateurish and extravagantly dysfunctional, this is a book full of rare personalities and rum stories. It is a book about landscape, place and the personal; the first piece of writing to treat the environment of the record shop as a natural resource with its own peculiar rhythms and anecdotal histories.
Richard King is the author of the magisterial history of 'Indie' How Soon Is Now? (2012), which was named Sunday Times Music Book of the Year. His writing has appeared in the Observer, Vice, Guardian, Caught by the River and many other publications.
Original Rockers is his second book and Walthamstow Rock 'n' Roll Book Club look forward to an in-depth conversation about the importance of music.