With its in-store gigs and limited-edition releases, Record Store Day ended up being more than just a marketing ploy. And if you have a moment, do catch the Jarvis Cocker interview for C4 from the last independent record shop in Sheffield – it’s hilarious. In it Cocker talks about the joys of finding vinyl in a shop staffed by someone who you’d have to ‘pluck up the courage’ to speak to. He’s still completely unconventional and not at all ‘media styled’, which seemed to properly baffle Krishnan Guru-Murphy, who shot sharp questions at him only to be met with lovely languorous replies. Question is, will there be this level of support for bookshops during Independent Booksellers Week? Or worse, are we too late?
(Publisher, Yearbooks, A&C Black)