Short Store Stories: The Record Deck, United Kingdom

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If you happen to visit England, make sure to check where one of the most unique record stores is currently located: The Record Deck UK – a floating record store housed in a boat!

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Location: travelling canals in England in the summer and in London autumn to spring.

Opening Hours: weekends 10-dusk

Tell us a bit about your store, how long does it exist?

It’s been travelling around for 4 years now, opening at canal festivals and floating markets.

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What sparked the idea to open it – is there any particular story behind it?

I’d owned the boat for 15 years and just developed the idea of working from it, and as a huge music fan a record shop was the obvious choice.

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Which genres do you offer? Do you specialize in certain genres?

We offer second hand vinyl mostly, but a little of all genres. The most records are probably from the period of the 60’s & 70’s.

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Do you have a memorable awkward/ funny story to share?

A few records have blown (or been dropped) in the canal over time. Of course they don’t float unfortunately… The most annoying thing was a group of kids who threw a nice 1st Press of Ziggy Stardust in the canal – this was fairly upsetting .

What is currently one of your most valuable/ sought-after record on your wall?

The Mountain Ash Band – The Hermit

Please name some current staff favorites:

Brian ENO – Before and After Science

This is The Kit – Moonshine Freeze

Dandy – There is A Mountain 7”

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