I read that last year over a quarter of the UK’s independent record stores went out of business. In the heyday of the 1980s there were over 2200, by the end of 2008 there were just 305. Coupled with the disappearance of chain stores such as Fopp and Zavvi and thje massive reduction in music stocked by HMVs it’s becoming increasingly rare to find independent music offered for sale in the high street.
I believe this to be a seriously depressing situation. Without these shops new bands won’t be able to get their records stocked in any outlets, the situation … READ MORE