Friday, July 23, 2010
Last Shop Standing - a book by Graham Jones
An often hilarious investigation into the music industry's suicidal decline.
Author Jones takes a trip around Britain seeking survivors of an industry ravaged by newspaper promotional giveaways, supermarkets sellind CDs and the impact of computer downloads.
The result: an entertaining tale of encounters with shops both good and bad - one in Bolton the worst, apparently - and customers so outrageous, that they defy belief.
There are revelations about Van Morrison's ever-grumpy relationship with indie shops, a personal appearance by Billy Bragg to promote his album "Life's a Riot" that ended with no sales and one terse observation that it's "Just a pile of shite", and a Brummie customer who believed that if he bought a Japanese Sinatra pressing, it would feature Frank actually singing in Japanese. Brilliant!
Posted by twogoodears at 7/23/2010 08:45:00 AM