10 Feb 2009
Found your site & record shop pages today. Great stuff.
I remember most of those 60's record shops and was at the Civic Hall Led Zeppelin gig. It was bloody cold in there. I put a bit on the Exeter Memories site about that and the Stones Odeon gig. I still remember Thee of London...
There was also Ken Spray's Music Shop in the Fore St Arcade on the same side as the El Zamba and another unknown electrical shop with a big downstairs record department was at the High St end of the Princesshay arcade, (on the left as you came out of it into High St). It shut down in the late 60's and I remember late one evening finding they'd dumped boxes of singles out for the dustmen in the arcade - I took a copy of Cream's 'Wrapping Paper', and stuffed in my parka. Wish I'd taken a few more.
I bought lots of singles in Waltons, Moons, Boots, Bobbys basement record dept & the superb Left Bank - who were most gracious when we used to mob the large booth at the back of the store on a Saturday afternoon, pretending we were serious buyers. They'd let you hear a whole album. Also used to sit on those pine benches upstairs for a coffee. Also used to occasionally visit The Ceylon Tea Centre opposite in Paris St.
The record stall at St Georges market was also well worth a look.
25 Feb 2009
Thank you for your contact.
The large store on at the end of Princesshay - are you referring to the Co-op, as that was situated there. They sold electrical goods as well as. Never knew they had records. I think I only visited that store a couple of times. That fair haired chap who used to work on the furnishing material dept; I saw recently in another shop. Can't remember which one though. Could ask him if I do see him again.
The stall in the market was run by Martin Taylor. He was a fireman. Traded as Record Retaylor. Second hand, but did sell new records on budget labels such as Contour. They were on his spinning racks. No printed bags. Just his large price sticker with the trading name. I have one 'somewhere'.
I went out a few times with the daughter of the next stall who sold toys. But her mother who I thought was a nice person was actually two-faced, and said that I was only interested in her daughter as she had a car. I digress....
....In 1973, for a duration I worked on Martin's stall on Saturdays. He offered me full time @ £18 per week, which is what I was earning with a landscape gardening firm who had a contract with the MOD. I turned his offer down, as although Saturday was busy, I knew weekdays was boring. Singles 25p, LPs usually £1.25. Now 'collector's' goings-on then! He had a few copies of current albums like Bowie's Pin-Ups, as they were being nicked up the road, from Millets I think. Do you remember, it was on their first floor, trading as Record Fayre. Maybe they were subletting? Inferior pressings of Elton John ,etc, pressed in Portugal, a bit cheaper than UK issues from the other shops. And bootleg records by the suchlikes of Dylan and Hendrix (Joker label, etc). In fact, HMV also sold Joker label = Italian bootlegs!
Silly question - do you have anything at all from the Led Zep appearance?? Even something from any other artist that appeared there? Photo/ ticket stub / ash tray (getting desperate here).
11 Feb 2009
11 Feb 2009
3 March 09
I have just added a couple more things to the site, and have included your emails.
Can you send a copy of the membership card and some info on 'Pop-Inn' that I can use.
A Steve Madison, who I have not seen for 30+ years, and from whom I bought a Lambretta SX 150 and subsequently wrecked, worked in the Hole In The Wall in the early 70s. I remember him telling me that he had to take a meal across to the ABC Cinema for Stevie Wonder, who thanked him.
'Young trainee soldiers from Wyvern Barracks ('Sqauddies' they were locally referred to as) used to drink in the White Lion in Mary Archers Street, and the Hole In The Wall. One Saturday afternoon I bought a Budgie Jacket in Harry Fentons (top of South Street, currently a cafe) and wore it that night. I walked into to the Hole In The Wall, and a squaddie stood up and asked where I had bought my jacket. "Harry Fentins" I proudly replied. "Well take it back, it's crap" he retorted. Nothing further was said..
The record bags and covers have come my way by chance when looking through records people are selling. Most people would generally dismiss artifacts such as this, but when they see that someone has actually bothered to accumulate a theme, all of a sudden it has a meaning, so thus became aware of similar. This is good, as every day there are things being thrown away that is of interest to others.
1960s Rolling Stones signatures appear to be on the up after so long being of moderate value in comparison to the Beatles, so keep hunting for them!
4 March 09
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