There are so many new documentaries these days its hard to keep up. So I could hardly be blamed when I felt as if I had seen this before when someone sent the link. However, thats not the case: the recently released Last Shop Standing looks like a great film, and features some big names discussing the culture. I hope its not too long before it makes its way across the Atlantic!
From the official film website: 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 1960′s, 70′s 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 cherish and discover new bands and new music.
Official website: http://lastshopstanding.com
More video clips: http://lastshopstanding.com/videos/