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141. Lewis Burn

February 6th, 2011  |  Published in Backers

Birmingham, UK

I grew up in Stockton, and spent many hours pouring over the treasures  in Sound It Out, Trax, Record Mart – and if I made it through to Boro –  Alan Fearnley’s, Playback, or the other one down the bottom on Linthorpe  Road I can’t remember the name of. I feel quite sad that most of those  shops are gone now, and even slightly guilty of my part in their  demise.  It used to be (pre-broadband) as a teenager that older friends  record collections, the Guiness Book of Indie & New Wave, and an ace  shopkeeper helped define and broaden my tastes.  Guess I’ve caught up  with the back catalogues of my heroes, and ebay solves the waiting round  for the something to appear in the racks…

Not that i’ve  totally foresaken independent music outlets: your film has inspired me  to get down my local (Polar Bear in Kings Heath) several times this  month, and with social network type stuff have bought direct from  artists both big and small.

I remember Tom, he’s a top bloke  and still have some of the records he sold me.  I suppose my donation  was a bit of thanks to people like him who were formative influences, a  bit of regret for those kids who won’t experience the excitement,  reverence and atmosphere of a decent indie, and finally – I hope – an  encouragement for people like you who are doing their own thing, their  way!

The first and last records I bought:
First: No Limits by 2 Unlimited (it *was* Teesside!)
Last: Selection 16 by Squarepusher

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Glimmer Films in association with Sideshow present a film by Jeanie Finlay; SOUND IT OUT.

Over the last five years an independent record shop has closed in the UK every three days.

SOUND IT OUT is a documentary portrait of the very last surviving vinyl record shop in Teesside, North East England.

A cultural haven in one of the most deprived areas in the UK, SOUND IT OUT documents a place that is thriving against the odds and the local community that keeps it alive. Directed by Jeanie Finlay who grew up three miles from the shop.

A distinctive, funny and intimate film about men, the North and the irreplaceable role music plays in our lives.

High Fidelity with a Northern Accent.