30 Birmingham record shops where you spent your Saturdays and your hard Nostalgia: earned cashFollowing news of the final closure coach outlet handbags burberry of Reddingtons, we look back at some of the vinyl retailers in the city over the years most have long gone although a handful still survive today16:44, 13 AUG 2014Updated12:22, 22 JAN 2015Rare grooves: A collectable Beatles album among the boxes of classics and golden oldies at Reddington's Rare Records former shop in Digbeth Get daily updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeThank you for subscribing!Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailIt's the vinyl countdown.
The number of independent record stores in the city has already dwindled to just a handful.And now the final closure of Reddingtons Rare Records which continued trading as an online business from a warehouse in Redditch marks the end of an era for music buffs in Birmingham.Reddingtons Rare Records began life in Moor Street, moving to Cannon Street and then Digbeth High Street, where its last vinyl emporium closed eight years ago.Here we take a look back at some of the area's many record shops over the years.Only a few are still around today. Which ones do you remember?Birmingham's oldest surviving record shop and the second oldest in Britain is The Diskery.It moved from Moor Street to Hurst Street and then to its current home in Bromsgrove Street and is said to be one of only three remaining vinyl stores in Birmingham city centre.An Aladdin's cave of music, it was named among the five most distinctive independent record stores in the UK and not only stocks vinyl and CDs but has memorabilia including posters, photographs, gramophones and old music magazines such as Melody Maker.Morris Hunting, who opened the shop in 1952, coach outlet sale quality died in January 2012 at the age of 82. The shop closed on the day of his funeral its first closure in 60 years as a mark of respect.Tempest Records, in Bull Street, shut its doors in March 2010 after trading in the city for more than 40 years since first opening in Lozells Road in 1968.News of the end of Tempest came a year after Zavvi had shut its flagship store in the Pavilions in 2009.In 2007, Ray Purslow had coach factory outlet website store announced he was closing down his store The Record Centre, in Loveday Street, after 30 years of trading. That was just a week after the demise of Birmingham's Music Zone stores.And few years earlier, the Plastic Factory record shop had closed in Corporation Street in 2004 after more than 20 years in the city.Birmingham music legend Andy Cash had started work at Inferno Records, which would later become Tempest, before going on to open his own vinyl store Andy Cash Records in 1980 at Kingsbury Road, Erdington. Two other shops followed, in Harborne and Kingstanding.Andy, who was also a DJ during the 80s at venues including The Elbow Room, died in 2010 at the age of 56. He had been forced to close all his shops when he was unable to compete with cheap CDs from supermarkets and the growth of music downloading.One of the only remaining independent record shops in Birmingham is Swordfish Records, which first opened in Hurst Street in coach outlet purses 1979, where it sold the latest punk music on vinyl.
It moved to Needless Alley, then Temple Street and in 2013 relaunched in new premises in Dalton Street.Among the acts who have made in store appearances at Swordfish are The Lilac Time, Henry Rollins, Billy Bragg, The Kooks, Razorlight, Mark Ronson, Duran Duran, The Wonder Stuff and Lenny Kravitz.Famous customers at the shop have included John Peel, Robert Plant, John Taylor, Franz Ferdinand, Neil Diamond, Primal Scream, Jamie Cullum and Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters.
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