AUTHOR Graham Jones will discuss the rise and fall of record shops at a forthcoming event in Proteus Creation Space.

He’ll talk about his book Last Shop Standing – an updated version of which has recently been released - accompanied by a screening of the film of the same name in the Council Road venue on Friday, May 2. 

Graham explained: “For 30 years I have travelled the UK selling to record shops. When I started we had over 2,200 but by 2009 it had shrunk to 269.

“To highlight the problem I wrote what became a very successful book, Last Shop Standing (Whatever Happened to Record Shops?). Last year, it was released as a film in 82 different venues around the world to mark Record Store Day 2013.”

The evening will reflect on the rapid rise of record shops in the 1960s through to their later decline due to the emergence of new technology. Contributors to the film include Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, Billy Bragg and Norman Cook.

Graham, who lives in Up Nately and recently released his follow up book Strange Requests and Comic Tales from Record Shops, added: “I will be telling comic tales from record shops and also revealing the murky secrets of the music industry, followed by the screening and a Q&A session.”

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Tickets to this event, which starts at 7pm, are priced £3 on the door.