Old Rare New – The Independent Record Store



There is nothing quite like the feeling of thumbing through LP after LP in a dusty old record shop, only to stumble upon some hidden treasure, new obsession or forgotten love. Old Rare New: The Independent Record Shop is a homage to the holy places of music collecting, complete with their particular anecdotes, peculiar characters, and unique environments.

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Emma Pettit, formerly of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, has travelled across the UK and America into these eclectic spaces of musical exchange, interviewing record shop owners, collectors and musicians to provide a rich account of the increasingly rare independent record shop. Featured shops include Rough Trade East (London), Sister Ray (London), Vinyl Exchange (Manchester), Other Music (New York), Aquarius Records (San Francisco), Amoeba Records (California) and Jazz Record Mart (Chicago). The first comprehensive look at these important institutions, Old Rare New: The Independent Record Shop is an essential read for the musically inclined.

Featuring contributions by James Dean Bradfield (Manic Street Preachers), Simon Reynolds, Devendra Banhart, Billy Childish, Bob Stanley (Saint Etienne), Sean Bidder (Vinyl Factory), Byron Coley (Ecstatic Yod), Rob Da Bank (Bestival) and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.

'There is nothing quite like walking into a strange little record store in a town far from home and finding a record you've been after for so long, you didnt even remember you wanted it until you flipped through the bin and saw it. There is no similar charge available online, and it can't be gotten from a CD. It is something unique to vinyl and little stores and the people who live to breathe their air.'
Byron Coley



Emma Pettit

June 2008
144 pages
160 b/w and colour ills
27.0 x 22.0 cm
8.5 x 10.5 in
ISBN13: 978 1 906155 32 2
More Praise for Old Rare New

Old Rare New: The Independent Record Shop has been reviewed in The Times' Books supplement, the Evening Standard, Buzz magazine, by Playboy.com and on the DJ History website. Here are some quotes from the reviews:

"Ostensibly its a book about the independent record shop but the psychology of the collectors who contribute is the tasty meat."
Bob Stanley

Read the full The Times review here.

"There's a feeling of celebration about Old Rare New, a collection of atmospheric photographs, essays about the joy of snuffling for obscure vinyl… Of the musicians interviewed, folk mystic Banhart does the best job of making the vinyl experience, being caught in a 'magnetic rip tide of 7-inch lust', sound so magical that you'll want to bin you MacBook there and then."
Evening Standard

Read the full Evening Standard article here.

"Accessible to semi-curious music fans, rather than just list-updating OCD Vitamin C-lackers… highly readable and there are some beautiful images."

"A massive chronicle of vinyl culture."

Read the full Playboy review here

"Here’s a book of people who measure their time on earth in dusty vinyl: collectors sleeping in warehouses, shopkeepers too attached to their stock, handmade signs, groaning shelves. Inspired by a US road trip (film to follow), and centred on a touching memoir from Bob Stanley. Lovely and loving."
DJ History

Read the full DJ History review here.


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