Saturday April 18 is Record Store Day, a celebration of independent music shops around the world. And to give the big day plenty of airtime, The Museum of Soho and The British Record Shop are hosting ‘Record Shops of Soho’ – a ten-day showcase of the area’s history as a record-hunting hotspot. They’ll be showcasing their musical archives and hoping to grow them, too, with help from local vinyl fans. They’re on the hunt for stories, photographs, videos, and even your old record bags and posters, so if you’ve got some musical memorabilia taking up room in your loft why not share it with the world? The exhibition spans 50 years of Soho and the West End’s record retail history between 1946 and 1996, so expect snaps of greats including Bowie, Dylan, Led Zeppelin, as well as plenty of pretenders who came to peruse the back catalogues of their idols.
Record Shops of Soho runs April 11-20 at 2 Berwick St Soho, W1F ODR. Admission is free.
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