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Mark Elliott heads to the home of Robin Hood in search of vinyl, discovering a varied selection of stores catering for all…

The trip

Illustration Ben Talon

Nottingham is, of course, a city famous for Robin Hood and his merry men; it’s sometimes been suggested that my record buying is a form of charity. Buying the discs that no one else wants and giving them a good home… I’m not entirely sure about that. There are, after all, only so many JoBoxers releases a man can store, but I do my best. I hadn’t been to Nottingham in almost 20 years, and knew little about how the city had changed since I was last here.

Sleaford Mods are the standard-bearers for the city’s vibrant music scene, but what of the record shops?

Nottingham is famous for Robin Hood – some say my record buying is a form of charity

Like most towns across the country, there has been a renaissance of sorts (with strong rumours of another store opening this side of Christmas), and although many talk of retailers that have shut up shop, this makes for a decent day’s cratedigging (and maybe longer, if you have time to try a couple of places outside the city).

There’s a lively and thriving arts scene – check out Gate To Southwell Folk Festival and Rockingham in October – there are some great bands to catch, too.

You can’t necessarily escape the shadow of Robin here, but I can promise no one mentioned Bryan Adams once…

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Issue 19 of Long Live Vinyl is now on sale. 50 years on from the release of Jimi Hendrix’s career masterpiece, Electric Ladyland, we speak to some of the key figures in the making of the album, flick through Jimi’s entire record collection and round up 20 essential Hendrix releases on vinyl that no true fan should be without. Elsewhere this issue, we get the inside track on Spiritualized‘s first new album in six years from Jason Pierce and meet Anna Calvi to hear how she made her boldest and most articulate record to date, the outstanding The Hunter. We also reflect on a trio of 50th anniversaries, as Wayne Kramer tells Long Live Vinyl about half a century in the MC5 and we take in-depth looks at Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks and The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society – the latest in BMG’s Art Of The Album series. Echo & The Bunnymen guitarist Will Sergeant gives us a private tour of his record collection, The Trip heads to the East Midlands to visit the record shops of Nottingham, and we meet the team behind Eel Pie Records in Twickenham. If all that’s not enough, we bring you the most extensive range of new album, reissue, turntable and accessory reviews, plus expert buying advice, anywhere on the newsstand.