Record crowd for closing down sale

AMELIA REYNOLDS
Last updated 07:49 08/07/2014
Everyman Records
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QUEUE THE MUSIC: People line up to grab a bargain at the Everyman Records liquidation sale in Hardy St.

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Vinyl and CD laden customers, keen to make the most of Everyman Records' liquidation sale, queued at the store's till - an ironic situation for a company which has crumbled in the face of the increasing digitalisation of music.

James Brewer, 35, was buying a handful of vinyl he'd his eye on but hadn't been able justify full price for. He was at the 40 per cent off sale, "guilty buying cheap bargains".

"I am definitely with mixed feelings here picking over the dead corpse I guess."

Everyman was the first place he came when he moved to Nelson 12 years ago and he had been a customer ever since. He was sad to see it close, he said.

A self-proclaimed vinyl-geek, Brewer said his music collection was made up of a mix of vinyl and streaming.

"I sold my CD collection years ago because it's got no soul. Records have soul."

Brewer said there was still a place for independent record stores but they needed to be creative in the way they operated.

"I think you maybe need to not just do music. I think it needs to be part of an experience. Have a cafe, have events, I don't know but certainly physical music is not dead."

Lalu Hartmann, 14, who was buying a Foo Fighters documentary, said it was sad more people were buying and streaming music online.

She said she would buy from Everyman a couple of times a month and had quite a collection of vinyl at home.

"Most of my friends don't really listen to rock music; they are all in to One Direction and stuff. I am the only one that goes and buys vinyl.

"The sound of it, you just won't ever get anything like that again with technology".

At lunchtime yesterday she said a lot of the music she had wanted to buy had been snapped up by earlier customers.

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- The Nelson Mail

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