This Saturday, a new record store is opening up on Norwood Road, in South London. On the site of an old Victorian pub, The Gypsy Queen, due to be turned into offices, avid vinyl junkie Michael Johnson will be selling his personal collection of about 5,000 books and some 10,000 records. In his words, “I’ve been waiting for the right time to open the shop.” 10,000 records down, the time is right.
This isn’t just another Phonica then, or even another music Exchange. It’s got more of a personal touch to it. Michael Johnson has previously been involved in the Rare Records Price Guide, so it’s a safe bet to assume he knows his stuff and you won’t be getting ripped off.
The shop opens from 10am-10pm on Saturday and Sunday and then reopens again from Wednesday the 4th September. On Saturday West Norwood Cassette Library is getting the ball rolling with a set at 4pm, before a 7:30 appearance from Metamomo. Come down and enjoy browsing through 10,000 wax pieces of musical history in an atmosphere a million miles away from the online retailers we’ve all grown accustomed to. There’s also 5,000 books to pick from, and with a café in the shop, it might be a nice place to come and while away a few hours.
Keep up to date with the refurbishment efforts of the pub here.
The Book & Record Bar, 20 Norwood Road, SE27 9NR, London United Kingdom