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UNION MUSIC STORE LEWES

Owned by Del Day and Danny George Wilson, a pair of music industry veterans firmly committed to putting the romance back into buying records, Union Music Store is awash with all the good shit, as Gary Tipp discovers

UNION MUSIC STORE

Lewes is just a short hop down the road from Brighton. While certainly not as big and brassy as its close neighbour, the East Sussex town in the heart of the South Downs is a special place. For starters, it’s home to the never less than excellent Harvey’s Brewery. It also, typically idiosyncratically, plays host to an annual firework display That culminates with the ritual blowing up of an image of Pope Paul V, the pontiff when Guy Fawkes and his band of Catholic revolutionaries came up with the gunpowder plot in the first years of the 17th century. They have long memories in these parts.

Another thing Lewes has going for it is the Union Music Store, a narrow shack of a record shop just round the corner from the railway station. It was previously run by Stevie and Jamie Freeman, who spent eight years building it up into a specialist haunt for all things Americana, folk and country. The two of them succeeded in putting the store on the map.

CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD

The time came, however, when they hankered for pastures new, and actively sought buyers for the shop. Phone calls were made, feelers put out, and acquaintances tapped up. The reins were finally handed over to a couple of music business vets in the form of publicist Del Day, the man behind Ark PR, and his celebrated musician mate Danny George Wilson, he of Grand Drive, Danny and The Champions Of The World and sideproject Bennett Wilson Poole fame.

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