Slip Sliding Away: Sound Shopping in Scotland

Avalanche Records, Edinburgh

Avalanche Records, Edinburgh

Whenever I travel to other cities in Ireland and around the world I love to check out the local record emporiums, secondhand shops and charity stores. Over the last few years I’ve picked up loads of books, CDs and DVDs on these excursions. Recently, however, I’ve tended to spend most of my time browsing in the likes of Oxfam and Barnardos and less in “proper” secondhand stores. This is due to the increased proliferation of charity shops, the range and quality of the titles on offer and, significantly, the extremely low prices of the goods on sale. But, that all changed on my recent trip to Edinburgh where I spent most of my browsing time in bona fide record stores. In fact, the only charity store that I visited this time was the Oxfam Music Shop which is actually a secondhand record store cunningly disguised as a charity outlet

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