Fake news is free


In her recent virulently anti-HMV polemic in the Guardian's 'Comment is free' column Penny Anderson wrote that "smaller shops will survive", a message reflected in the subheadline of "Thankfully, small record shops will continue to serve true music fans". That is the fiction. My photographs show the facts. The one above was taken at a signing session and impromptu recital by Jordi Savall in Prelude Records, Norwich, one of the best smaller, traditional boutique record shops in the UK. Below is a photograph taken yesterday at exactly the same place. It shows the kitchen area of the Al Dente pasta bar that took over the premises when Prelude was forced out of business by predatory online competition. Al Dente's pasta is actually very good. But it can never replace the kind of nourishment that Prelude Records and countless other bricks and mortar record stores - including HMV - once provided.


New Overgrown Path posts are available via RSS/email by entering your email address in the right-hand sidebar. Any copyrighted material is included for critical analysis, and will be removed at the request of copyright owner(s).

Comments

mathias broucek said…
Boutique, independent shops are, even when they’re still there, limited to the kind of upmarket places that only the liberal elite can afford to live in.... I find her attitude repellent

Recent popular posts

A tale of two new audiences

Whatever happened to the long tail of composers?

Why new audiences are deaf to classical music

The Berlin Philharmonic's darkest hour

Audiences need permission to like unfamiliar music

Nada Brahma - Sound is God

You are looking at the future of classical music journalism

A Philippa Schuyler moment

If you only buy thirty-four CDs this year - buy these .....

I read the fake news today, oh boy