What is your favourite record shop? Here at MOJO Magazine, we’ve begun a quest to find the best record shops currently existing in the whole world, the model establishments that embody all the values MOJO holds dear. “The ideal record shop should be a world unto itself,” writes MOJO’s Jon Savage. “The best offer an education and an arena. You can meet like-minded souls, start a conversation, hear something that you’ve never heard before.”
Wherever in the world it is, your dream shop will be a fantastic place to spend time. Maybe it looks great, has a cool specialism or super-friendly and knowledgeable staff. Maybe it’s on a boat or in someone’s front room. Perhaps it’s patronised by the local music-making community and/or the guy from Endless Boogie. Maybe it’s all black metal, in Bali. Or just more conventionally, you know, great. Possibly this retail wonder is in your own back yard – a regular haunt/life-support system – or a vision you’ve stumbled on during your travels.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line The World’s Greatest Record Shops or mail your nomination and supporting encomia, including photographs if you can (and/or contacts for someone who might have pictures), to The World’s Greatest Record Shops, c/o Danny Eccleston, MOJO magazine, Bauer Media, Academic House, 24-28 Oval Rd, London NW1 7DT.
Make sure you talk about the recherché items you’ve found there, memorable events/in-stores hosted, and anything the shop does that’s above-and-beyond – like serve alcohol, or cakes. Warning: we will be filtering for proprietors boosting their own businesses. So you’ll have to be smarter than that.
The results of our exhaustive quest will appear in a future issue of MOJO.