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030. Mike Atkinson

February 9th, 2011  |  Published in Backers

Nottingham, UK

I spent my formative musical years hanging around in record shops – and although I largely found them intimidating places (mostly through no fault of the people who worked there, it has to be said), I owe many of my key musical discoveries to their presence: Remember Those Oldies and Andy’s in Cambridge, Selectadisc and Arcade in Nottingham, and many other shops around the UK which I would always seek out when new to town.

The first and last record I bought:
First 7″ single: Tom Tom Turnaround by New World, 1971.
First LP: The Beatles 1967-70, 1973.

Last 7″ single: Baby Come Home by Kevin Ayers & Bridget St. John, 2008.
Last LP: Vagabond by Spiers and Boden, 2008.

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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.