TODAY’S NEW RELEASE: LAST SHOP STANDING
What an absolutely wonderful story lays in the film “Last Shop Standing: the Rise, Fall and Rebirth of the Independent Record Shop.” There is a sub-culture that’s existence was once so prevalent and today it is but a whisper, that culture that I speak of is the record store community. This fascinating documentary focuses on the UK shop owners all over who are fiercely passionate about one thing; music. “Last Shop Standing” explores the vinyl, LP history in three parts; the rise, the fall, and finally the rebirth of the records industry. I love how it explores the very beginning referencing a time where massive sales were attributed to such stellar artists as Elvis Presley and the Beatles and how because of such sound there was this collective love of music. “Last Shop Standing” examines the fatal flaw of the music industry in the late 90’s with the transfer of music from record to CD and how the change in format was something people could not actually love, there was no uniqueness about its clarity and crisp sound. Deemed unbreakable and perfect, the CD not only changed the face of the sound of music but with its introduction it also became the gateway for the “music superstore.” Consider this staggering statistic: “In the 1980’s there were more than 2200 independent UK record shops, by 2009 there were only 269.” My favorite aspects of this film are..everything!! This is TRULY a film rich in both the history of music and vinyl. The record shop owners are all hilarious, charming and insightful! Viewers, after watching “Last Shop Standing,” you (like me) will TRULY want to run out and buy a record player and listen to a great Steely Dan LP today!