|Last Shop Standing|
I may be a bit late to the party, but that's not unusual. However, I wanted to post about this excellent documentary showcasing the surviving record shops around London and the UK.
Last Shop Standing is an informative, heart-felt doc told by the real people who live it everyday. The shop owners, a few celebrities who celebrate vinyl and lifelong customers for whom the vinyl "comeback" was never a comeback at all. For them, it never went away.
There are several vinyl documentaries out there right now, some good, some not so good. But the fact is, we're talking about it. People are passionate enough about records to make short films about them, and I think that's a good thing. There is no doubt that the awareness has skyrocketed. I can't count how many new films and TV shows include at least a shot of a record spinning on its player, or a main character putting a record on. Last Shop Standing does a great job of communicating how music, and ultimately vinyl, brings people together. Which resonates with me, because that's what I have been doing for the last 12 years.
My favorite line from the film goes something like, "when did we start calling records 'vinyl'? When did they stop just being records?" I'm paraphrasing here, but you get the idea. That's a brilliant question, and one I'm not sure I have an answer to. For those of us who grew up with RECORDS, we never even thought to call them "Vinyl". I mean, VINYL is nothing more than the material used to make a RECORD. Perhaps it's just another instance of younger generations trying to make old standards new again, by giving them new names. Which only creates problems like "Vinyls". Must I say it? Shall I reiterate...? Methinks I shall...
VINYL IS THE PLURAL OF VINYL. No, it's not pretentiousness, it's called proper grammar. Get over it.
Anywho, check out Last Shop Standing. It's a well spent 50 minutes that will have you turning off the TV, laptop, etc and playing a record. Below is the official trailer to give you a taste. Enjoy.