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daverandall19.jpg Leftfield delights in Durham

The political power of music AND a chronicle of the UK record shop? I’ll take both please!

The wonderful People’s Bookshop in Durham continue to hit us up with rare and unusual delights and they’ve got a number of events happening in October. We particularly like the look of Dave Randall (pictured) who is coming for a talk at the Durham Miners Hall. The Faithless guitarist is the author of one of the best recent books about music, ‘Sound System: The Political Power of Music’, in which he investigates the raves, riots and revolution of contemporary culture. He has also performed for the Stop The War Coalition, Love Music Hate Racism and the People’s Assembly (ie he knows the score).

Another author heading our way is Garth Cartwright who last year penned ‘Going For A Song: A Chronicle of the UK Record Shop’. This is a fascinating account of the rise, fall, and – hooray! – rise again of the independent record store in the UK. From market traders selling music hall 78s to HMV’s gloved classical emporium to Soho’s post-WW2 jazz, blues and folk scene to mods hungry for imported ska and soul 45s, this book documents how popular music and youth fashions took shape around record shops. My advice: see both or miss out.

Dave Randall: The Political Power of Music, Sunday 6 October, Redhills: Durham Miners Hall, 4pm, £8/£6; Garth Cartwright: A Chronicle of the UK Record Shop, Saturday 12 October, Claypath Delicatessen, Durham, 6pm, £8/£6. wegottickets.com/downbytheriver