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Original Rockers

Richard King

A Times, Rough Trade and Uncut Book of the Year, shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 2015.

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A Times, Rough Trade and Uncut Book of the Year, shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 2015.

Original Rockers is a clear-eyed yet romantic account of the several years that Richard King spent working behind the counter at Bristol’s Revolver Records — a business run from the heart rather than the head. King brings that lost environment back to life — the sounds, the smells and the people — along with a vivid sense of how it feels to discover taste-shaping records and the artists who created them for the first time. Original Rockers evokes a golden moment in British cultural history, and celebrates the magical abandon that music offers us.

Critic Reviews

The first time I truly couldn't take the needle of a book. The smell of vinyl virtually emanates from the page.

Gilles Peterson
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This is not so much a eulogy for record shops as an examination of the romantic, slightly tragic disposition of the people to whom they meant so much.

The Times 'Music Book of the Year'
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Original Rockers is a remarkable memory fugue, a work of rapture and reverie, a bittersweet and often moving tribute to a hallowed place.

Suhkdev Sandhu, The Observer
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Part time capsule, part history lesson, part musical treasure map, Original Rockers goes beyond recalling King's several years working at Bristol's Revolver Records during the 1990s. Offering insights into the idiosyncratic, often comically dysfunctional world behind the counter, King unashamedly romanticises those pre-internet days when musical knowledge was hard won rather than a mouse-click away.

Mojo 4****
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Celebrates the independent record shop as not only a cultural hub but also a dream state, a tiny republic within a city. It's an inspiring reverie, a beautiful book about an almost extinct world.

Bob Stanley
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There are a dozen different books packed into Original Rockers - a comic portrait of Revolver, a Bristol scene history and an analysis of British experimental music, for starters, but such abundance allows the book to imitate a flick through the record racks

Q 4****

RICHARD KING is the author of Original Rockers (shortlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and a Rough Trade, The Times and Uncut Book of the Year), How Soon Is Now? (the Sunday Times Music Book of the Year), The Lark Ascending (a Rough Trade, Mojo and Evening Standard Book of the Year, shortlisted for the Penderyn Prize) and the forthcoming…

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