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The Vinyl Whistle

Premier League ref Jon Moss felt that opening a record shop would be less stressful than officiating for 90 minutes on the weekend. He tells John Earls about his new store and why VAR might actually stand for Vinyl Addicted Referee


One of football fans’ most common complaints about referees is how unapproachable they seem: they rarely explain controversial decisions and can come across as equally aloof as the multimillion- pound players whose careers they’re in charge of for 90 minutes a week. Yet, if veteran Premier League ref Jon Moss is anything to go by, away from the pitch the man in the middle is actually a normal bloke.

In July, Moss and his wife Julie opened The Vinyl Whistle, a small but welcoming second-hand shop in Leeds’ student district Headingley. Its stock is testament to Moss’ passion for indie – he’s such an Oasis fan that The Vinyl Whistle must be the only record shop witha section devoted to Proud Mary, the long-forgotten Oldham rockers briefly signed to Noel Gallagher’s Sour Mash label. It’s not just indie big hitters Moss admires. He names newcomers Dylan John Thomas and Yellow Daze as current favourites, while his most recent gig was fast-rising local trio Working Men’s Club (“They’re from Todmorden, where I used to teach, so I was naturally drawn to them,” notes Moss, a former headmaster).

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Tonight, we're gonna party like it's 1999… Issue 32 of Long Live Vinyl brings you an exclusive first look inside the huge new 15LP Prince boxset as members of the Purple genius' band and his closest friends tell the story of the original 1999 album. We also hear from Estate Manager Michael Howe why this is only the beginning for Prince collectors. Pick up your copy to find out which releases are coming next from the Paisley Park vault. Elsewhere, in our packed interviews section, we sit down with Elbow, Big Thief, Adam Green and Jason Isbell to chat about their new albums, as well as delving into the history of the legendary Palm Tree label, Island Records, as they celebrate their 60th birthday. Fab Four fans should check out our Essential Beatles solo albums collector's guide. Plus we visit the Premier League referee who's running his own record shop, as well as taking an in-depth look at The XX's Mercury Prize-winning album xx. If all that's not enough, you'll find the widest range of new album, reissue and hi-fi reviews anywhere on the newsstand. Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for vinyl lovers. Pick up your copy today!

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