One careful owner wanted for Soho institution.
The owner of an independent record shop in central London has put his whole business – including thousands of vinyl records – up for sale on eBay.
On The Beat Records was opened by Tim Derbyshire in 1979 on Hanway Street, near Tottenham Court Road. Almost 35 years later it’s still going, selling anything from ’60s psychedelia to ’90s grunge with funk, soul, jazz, folk, country and library music along the way. In fact, “everything but classical”, says Derbyshire.
Now he’s advertising for a new owner on eBay, explaining to Time Out that the shop “needs someone younger”. “But the buyer must be passionate about music, or it will lose its identity,” says Derbyshire.
The eBay listing admits the shop may be a labour of love rather than a lucrative investment, stating: “If you’re at the stage in your life when you don’t have to worry about making money but can live the bohemian life […] here’s your chance to take over the oldest record shop in the centre of Swinging London.”
If you fancy living the High Fidelity life and you’ve got £300,000 to spare, bidding ends on November 25. See inside the shop here.
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The Clash to Release Massive Box Set Shaped Like a Boombox, Plus Greatest Hits Comp
Five remastered LPs plus singles, rarities, demos, DVD, fanzines
On September 9 in the UK and September 10 in the U.S., the Clash will release what guitarist Mick Jones tells The Guardian is the ”best box set ever.” Designed by bassist Paul Simonon to resemble a 1980s boombox, the set is titled Sound System.
Along with remastered versions of all five Clash LPs (1977’s The Clash, 1978’s Give ‘Em Enough Rope, 1979’s London Calling, 1980’s Sandinista!, and 1982’s Combat Rock), Sound System will include three discs of singles, rarities, demos, and B-sides. It will also contain a DVD featuring all of the band’s videos, plus “unseen footage by Julien Temple and Don Letts,” as well as reprints and a new issue of the band’s Armagideon Time fanzine. Not to mention “an exclusive poster, dog tags, stickers, badges, and more.