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THE VINYL REVIVAL

In this extract from new book The Vinyl Revival And The Stores That Made It Happen, author Graham Jones visits Sheffield vinyl guru Barry Everard

Barry Everard is the music man of She field, responsible for giving many bands a helping hand in the early days of their fledgling careers. Def Leppard, ABC, Human League, Pulp, Richard Hawley, Comsat Angels and Gomez are just some of them. Music suggested by Barry was used in She ffield’s most famous film,The Full Monty.

Barry has had his ups and downs over the last few years. He has found it increasingly diffcult to make a reasonable profit, and many times, has felt it is time to call it a day.Then he gets a regular customer coming up, giving him a big hug, saying how much he loves the shop and making him promise never to close it. Moments like that have persuaded him to carry on serving the good people of She ffield.

“It’s more than just making a living,” Barry says. “It’s a calling, it’s something we’re almost driven to do, and we feel a deep responsibility of doing the job right.” Even so, Barry insists that shoppers must understand that record shops are not charities. He bemoans the fact that so many people come into the shop, check their mobile, then tell him that the app they’ve just consulted shows they can buy the same CD 48p cheaper from an online retailer.

Barry has thousands of items that he is selling cheaper, though it can be dficult to convince people that the internet is not always the better option. Amazon has done a fantastic job of giving the impression that it cannot be beaten on price. Barry has a saying which he bases his business practices on:

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