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Lost Shops

#8 MONKEY MUSIC EMPORIUM

DAVID ZAGDOUN

Brighton is full of great record shops, but one that existed a good distance from the rest – and one of the very best – was Monkey Music Emporium on Baker Street. This shop, devoted to folk rock, psych, prog, art, experimental and post-punk, was a great hub for rock collectors who wanted good quality albums. Monkey opened in 2010 – although its proprietor mentioned to me he had started off in Hastings, but as that seaside town lacked the foot traffic a specialist rock shop needed he’d shifted to Brighton – and traded until autumn 2019. Monkey sold new and used (with an emphasis on used) and what treasure he would find: original pressings of Silver Apples, Moby Grape, Love and the most obscure psych-folk LPs decorated the walls alongside bins stuffed with exceptional, less expensive stock. Monkey had the largest stock of Zappa LPs I have ever seen and, jokingly, I asked if a Zappa fan had died only to be told, “he’s my favourite artist so I try to stock everything he did.” In summer 2019, word went out that Monkey was closing so I dropped in and, sadly, it was true. Brexit, said the owner, was forcing him out. He was shifting to Holland where he’d continue to work the record fairs. I did a final dig through Monkey’s bins and found a copy of Dick Gaughan’s Handful Of Earth. Brighton’s loss is Europe’s gain. Garth Cartwright

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ISSUE 35 of Long Live Vinyl is now on sale! In our first issue of 2020 we bring you the inside story of Bob Dylan's most diverse, divisive and fascinating decade – the 1970s. Dylan made eight hugely different studio albums in those 10 years, and we've rounded up some of his closest confidants and bandmates to tell the tale. It's a must-read for any fan of Mr Zimmerman. Elsewhere in issue 35, our packed interviews section features Angel Olsen, Seth Lakeman, The Go-Betweens, Field Music, DJ Shadow and Courteeners, plus we take an in-depth look at The Doors' Morrison Hotel and meet the music fanatics behind America's coolest label group – Secretly Canadian. If that's not enough, we bring you 40 essential folk-rock classics, a guide to building your perfect hi-fi setup in 2020 and the usual eclectic mix of vinyl columnists, news and reviews. Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for vinyl lovers.