Record Stores of Soho 1946-1996 map

11082308_871166672942415_1672106194763103349_oFantastic map doing the rounds of all the records shops in and around Soho in London over a 50 year period (click for larger version). It’s no coincidence that last year’s Record Store Day celebrated by holding performances in Berwick Street, perhaps the heart of this map. Read MJ Carty’s blog about the legendary ‘record road’ here. Proud to say I once worked at a store on this street in the early 90’s, Ambient Soho/Worm Interface, right near the bottom, around no.11, close to where Gosh Comics now resides. I must get that added, it used to occupy the old Quaff Records shop site. This map coincides with an exhibition from Leon Parker’s archive which opens on the 11th of April at 2 Berwick Street.

6 thoughts on “Record Stores of Soho 1946-1996 map

  1. An amazing map. I started coming down to London on the train to look round record shops in the mid-1960s. Dobells was the first, followed by One Stop Records in South Molton Street which is outside the boundaries of this map. I remember the various shops around Berwick Street including Musicland mentioned above. A fantastic map that brings back happy memories.

  2. Reg did work in Musicland along with Ian and John. We used to chat to him there.

  3. What about Musicland, on the corner of Noel Street and Berwick Street, it was the site of Chas McDevitt’s Freight Train Coffee Bar. Elton John, as Reg Dwight, was reputed to have worked here.

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