The Director of acclaimed record shop doc ‘Sound it Out’ has launched ‘More than music’, a new website where fans can share stories about their favourite independent stores.
A collaboration between film Director Jeanie Finlay and Gareth Howell, the site encourages people to: “Tell us about the important record store in your life, the music you bought there, the sounds you fell in love with there and the memorable characters you met there”.
With over 500 record shops closing in the UK over the last five years, the idea is to create a kind of global memory bank celebrating the stores still standing and to feature recollections of the stores no longer open, exploring the relationship between music and memory.
The site already features stories about the likes of Crash in Leeds, Banquet in Kingston upon Thames and the long departed Volume Records in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Finlay is the Director of Sound it Out, a documentary that captures an independent record store in Teesside thriving despite difficult times. NME called the film “hilarious and heartwarming” whilst the New York Times review said: “Like a mint pressing in a bargain bin, ‘Sound it out’ is a rare find”. The doc has been screened at SXSW and became the official film of Record Store Day. You can even arrange your own independent screening here.
Go to Sound It Out to add your stories.