The five smallest record shops in the UK have been revealed.
5. Earworm Records
1 Powells Yard, Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LS
196 square foot
4. People Records
14 Chapel Street, Guildford, GU1 3UL
165 square foot
3. The Record Shop
7 Shurdington Rd, Cheltenham, GL53 0JB
100 square foot
2. Marrs Plectrum
387 Fulbridge Rd, Peterborough PE4 6SF
79 square foot
1. VOD Music
28 New Street, Mold, Flintshire, CH7 1NZ
67 square foot
In related vinyl news, earlier this year the first vinyl record shop opened in the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbaatar.
Dund Gol Records opened in the Children’s Book Palace of Mongolia in March, 2015.
One of the world’s most isolated record shops, Dund Gol Records is the brainchild of B. Batbold. It has a stock of over 1,000 vinyl records from Batbold’s own collection.
In an interview with The UB Post, Batbold said, “Western artists are releasing vinyl records instead of CDs. I don’t want to keep all my vinyl records. I want to spread vinyl records to people who collect vinyl records. That’s why I opened the store.”
In other vinyl firsts, the world’s biggest record collection is to be turned into a vinyl library.
Brazilian collector Zero Freitas has amassed over 5 million records, which he employs a team of college interns to catalogue.
Speaking to the BBC, Freitas – who owns a private bus line in the São Paulo suburbs – outlines his plans to create a searchable collection for public use.
“We hope people will be able to select records through our collection and listen to the music,” says Freitas. “The relationship people have with certain songs is subjective and personal. I want to share this with people and make it possible for them to recall their memories.”
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