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Great Jazz and World record shop which was located on Three Shires Oak Rd, Bearwood.

Revival of Vinyl

Karen Lloyd and Charli Blighton have created this wonderful piece about the current remaining independent record shops in Birmingham talking to the owners about why and how they keep their shops open in the face of the recession and more people buying either online or opting for MP3’s instead of physical artefacts. The owners also fondly reminisce and recall their record buying days in Birmingham when there were plentiful shops to purchase your vinyl treasures.

Highway 61

Great record shop that was based in Fletchers Walk, Paradise Circus and was the major shop for all things Americana (before it was really called that) and Power Pop.

Owner Martin was in revered Brum band The Great Outdoors and has sent a couple of photos of the shop in to the archive, including the day legendary punk poet John Cooper Clarke dropped by.

Heavy Head Records

Owned and run by Bev Bevan of The Move! and Electric Light Orchestra fame, the shop was located in Sparkhill.

Climax for Records

Not much known about this shop but it was based on the Dudley Rd.

Polar Bear

Keeping the flag flying for the independent record shop in Birmingham at Popular Rd, Kings Heath.

The Record Shop

Jazz shop based in Handsworth at Rookery Rd.

Soul Galore

More of the Soul shops in the city, this timed based in the Oasis Market in the city centre.

J.E. Wyatt

Another of the Reggae and Soul record shops that the city was famed for, this one was located at 330 Dudley Rd, Winson Green, close to where Summit is now based.

Lewis’s Basement

In the basement of the Lewiss Ltd store on Bull St, the record department offered an eclectic mix of music which you could listen to in the famous music booths. A touch of Americana in Brum!

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