Sister Ray in Administration

 The following article and newspiece brings great sadness for me. Sister Ray and the whole of Berwick street was always the first port of call for me whhenever I visitied London. It was a mecca for vinyl and cds and introduced me to lots of great music at great prices. My favourites were always Sister Ray and a shop called Selectadisc. The two shops merged a couple of years ago and moved to the bigger Selectadisc premises. Reckless Records up the road also recently went into administration. It too continued to trade and I don't know what the current state of this shop is. It seems that the 'vinyl boom' is either not happening in London or is not enough to make up for the decline in CDs and music sales as a whole. It is certainly not saving these shops.

 In Dublin we have a reasonably good selection of vinyl outlets but nothing as on the scale in London. 

Tower is bankrupt in teh US and Virgin Megastores seem to have changed their name.

It will be a sad sad day if all we are left with is the inferior in EVERY way option of ITunes, now, of course,  the biggest music outlet in the US.

 As a symptom and ringleader of the rush to the bottom, we despise you Steve Jobs.

Record shop behind Arctic Monkeys' debut single goes bust

By Rupert Neate

Last Updated: 12:30am BST 01/08/2008

Sister Ray, the independent record store which sold the Arctic Monkeys' debut single, has gone into administration.

  The record shop behind Arctic Monkeys' debut single has gone bust
The record shop behind Arctic Monkeys' debut single has gone bust

Phil Barton, co-owner of the shop which has been trading since 1987, said internet downloading is killing the music industry.

"Now that music is so widely available for free, young people consider it 'uncool' to pay for it," he said. "We can't compete against free downloads."

Mr Barton said a "dearth of good releases" and a downturn in consumer spending were also hitting the trade.

He warned downloads and cheap CDs sold online could lead to the death of vinyl records. "There will probably still be a demand for vinyl dance records for DJs, but it could be the end of other vinyl records," he said. "It would be so sad to lose vinyl, but young people don't seem to care about the poor quality of internet downloads, they just want it for free."


Sister Ray is now the only independent record store in the West end of London that stocks all genres of music. The shop, on Berwick Street in Soho, once the "Mecca" of independent music, had cut staff from 15 to six in an attempt to stave-off financial ruin, but went into administration this week.

The shop, which has built up a global reputation for the quality of its stock, has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a record stall in Camden Market. Acts including Lily Allen, Richard Hawley, and The Feeling have all performed in the shop.

The store has also helped a string of unsigned artists, including Mercury Music Prize winners Arctic Monkeys, to launch their debut singles.

Rare pressing of the Arctic Monkey's debut 'I bet you look good on the dance floor', which was sold through the shop's website, are now worth about £120 each.

The store is continuing to trade while administrators Tendon Recovery try to find a buyer.


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