In the late 70s as the punk wars raged, I became a foot soldier and a subversive. I heard and responded to the clarion call of the fast, thrashy, angry and often discordant music, which cared too much and equally didn’t care at all. Rebel slogans and an angst-ridden posture were adopted, nights drenched in sweat and sweet cider at the Marquee and Lyceum followed. ….and yet! My parents’ Beatles albums shone like the spun gold that they are….”With The Beatles” being my favourite, then as it still is now! Also, the lemonade for the ears of the second movement of the Beethoven’s 5th symphony, followed by giggling visits in the gods of English National Opera, offered me a one-way ticket into classical music. The sacred majesty of Bach, Mozart or the intricate beauty of Chopin, William Byrd or Arvo Part still feel like the best trip ever. From the bebop, cooler than cool, jazz of Miles and Charlie Parker, I followed that stream, back to Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington and forward again to John and Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, Wynton Marsalis and of course, Mingus.
Not long after, the jazz funk clubs of north and central London and the folk clubs around the country held my attention in different ways. Both the Crusaders and the Waterson’s influenced my style and enlarged my record collection. This was good, though a mix of Farrah slacks and Harris Tweed sadly never really caught on.
I could, and often do, go on and on and on…..Synth Rock, Krautrock, Goth, Mod, Rock n Roll, Post Punk, New Wave, New Romantic, Power Pop, Bubblegum Pop, Heavy Metal, Country, Alt Country, Show Tunes, Easy Listening, Dance, Trance, Ambient and Glam have all moved me. From the big mainstream ” classic artist” to the DIY, lo-fi indie scene, I want to hear it all! I want it all.
So how come I find myself owning Faversham’s happening music emporium? What’s my story or as they say on the telly….my journey?
I’ve worked as an actor, running a theatre on the London fringe. I’ve sold clothes, sports shoes and guitars. I’ve managed large charities offering support and training to people with autism and learning disabilities. I’ve help placed volunteers in primary schools to help children learn to read. I had a few years as ” Silly Simon” the children’s entertainer…I can play the best game of musical statues that you have ever seen.
I wasn’t looking for it, but as a regular customer I grasped with both hands the opportunity to take over the successful Creekside Vinyl shop in April 2018. … and then in November we moved the shop into our current Market Street Location, in the heart of Faversham. We stock an exciting range of brand-new records; all genres covered; all styles catered for. Classic albums, obscure gems and brand new, up to the minute, releases….whether you are a casual browser, buying your first record or adding to your considerable collection, we will have something for you.
Noël Coward said there was nothing in the world as potent as popular music. At Creekside Vinyl we are not going to argue with that view.
Come an add to your collection or recover an old memory, we offer a complete record buying experience in a friendly, fun and welcoming space.