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…Hungary For Vinyl

In an exclusive extract from his new book Vinyl Countdown, old-school record collector Graham Sharpe recounts his cratedigging exploits across the globe, starting with a diversion from a horseracing trip to Budapest

Staying at a swanky hotel in Budapest in 2015, the plan was to experience one of Hungary’s most important race meetings of the year, but I was equally interested in seeing some of the capital’s most important record shops. No guide book seemed to have much to say about such an important part of the local cultural scene

So, how to find out? Plucking up my courage I decided to ask one of the impeccably attired, stuffy-looking reception staff whether they could help. I sidled up to one of the elderly gents manning the desk, currently writing in a ledger. He looked me up and down, and asked slowly, emphasising the second word he spoke somewhat doubtfully, I felt:

“Yes… sir?”

“This may sound a little odd, but I was wondering whether you might be able to advise me as to the whereabouts of any vinyl record shops in the city? Please. Sorry.”

More looking me up and down. Probably thinking I’d wanted to ask about brothels but had lost my nerve.

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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.