"Kids in Manchester have the best record collections.' So said Hacienda legend Tony Wilson, when asked why so many successful bands came from Manchester."
'Kids in Manchester have the best record collections.' So said Hacienda legend
Tony Wilson, when asked why so many successful bands came from Manchester. Visit Vinyl Exchange on Oldham Street and it's easy to see why: this two-floor extravaganza is the perfect place to pick up everything from dance rarities to 'Madchester' staples.
Go by train: Manchester
Now trading for 40 years, Jumbo Records began life in a small room at the back of a tape equipment store. A Punk explosion later, this gem is now the city's major independent music store, found at the St John's Centre. Renowned for its clued-up staff, Jumbo stocks racks of rare 1970s 7" singles alongside the latest indie releases and tickets for live gigs.
Go by train: Leeds
Even CDs are too mainstream for this charmingly informal store which, as its name suggests, sells records out of an attic at 1 Patrick Pool in York. Small and friendly, if you fancy a cuppa while you look, all you have to do is ask. The A-Z of classics are all here, from The Beatles to The Who, as well as an array of funk and Northern Soul records.
Go by train: York
Newly based in the creative hub that is the Bluecoat building on School Lane, Probe Records has been a institution in this city for more than 30 years. It even features in Awaydays, Kevin Sampson's cult coming of age novel set in the late 1970s. Probe has an eclectic stock and is a great port of call for golden oldie must-haves that you can't find on the high street.
Go by train: Liverpool
Love Music, on Dundas Street, is on the independent map as much for its live performances as for the music it sells. KT Tunstall, Moby and Laura Marling have all played here over the years and the store is equally involved in promoting local, lesser known artists. Love specialises in both new and second-hand indie and alternative music.