19 November 2012

In the 1980's there were over 2200 independent record shops in the UK, with "one on every high street" but since then they have been in steady decline with only 269 remaining by 2009. Last Shop Standing, based on the successful book by Graham Jones, features interviews with the owners of 20 of the best record shops from around the UK (including Liverpool's own The Musical Box) about how they are coping with the massive changes in the music industry, the biggest recession in years, the growth of online file sharing and the explosion of choice in music consumption.

Indie record shops have been key in the careers of many of the UK's musical icons, Last Shop Standing meets Johnny Marr of The Smiths, Richard Hawley, Paul Weller and Billy Bragg to discuss their favourite stores and how they've helped their careers.

With the film's budget raised through "crowd-funding" site indiegogo.com, the film makers set off on a 28 day tour around the country's most exciting record shops including the oldest record shop in the world, Spillers in Cardiff, the world famous Rough Trade in London, Manchester's Kingbee and Sheffield's Record Collector.

These shops are the lifeblood of local music scenes, supporting new talent and providing meeting places for the bands of the future. They're now growing in popularity again with interest in new music, vinyl and record collecting at an all time high.

We're incredibly excited to be joined for a Q&A by the film's director, producer and authour Graham Jones, and also Diane Cain and Tony Quinn from The Musical Box on West Derby Road, a Liverpool landmark and a treasure trove of exciting and unique new and classic music.

Bold Street's Music Consortium will have a stand in the Bar area with some special goods to browse through and Matt Critchley will be vinyl DJ'ing in the Bar after the film. 

Last Shop Standing is screening on Saturday 1 December at 4pm and tickets are available online, by phone on 0871 902 5737 or from the FACT Box Office.