At the end of 2010 I started writing a log of musical encounters of a non-musical kind. This is the entry for one day in 2011…an early morning walk to the market then a longer walk to Stoke Newington in the afternoon.
Early morning, Ridley Road, Dalston, 9th January 2011.
1.148 TIM’S THE HOME OF GOOD GROOVE MUSIC 148
2. HARRY’S RECORD SHOP SOCA JOUK & REGGAE
3. ALPHA & OMEGA VARIETY STORE EVERY DAY VEGETABLE FROM AFRICA & ALL AFRICAN HERBS WE ALSO SELL AUDIO TAPES CDS VIDEO TAPES OF AFRICA MOVIES WHOLESALE & RETAIL 45A 45A
Walk on 9th January 2011.
1. At the corner of Crossway and Stoke Newington Road. 2 discarded CDs in the gutter:
‘Lovetouch. 5th birthday celebration. Saturday 24th of July 2010. CD mixed by DJ Supamaks, RNB, Hip Hop, Bashment, Funky @ Hidden Night Club…’
2. Stoke Newington Baptist Church sign:
‘Robinson Music Academy. “All we require is desire”…’
3. Net Music, Stoke Newington High Street:
‘Music lessons, Musical Instruments & Accessories, Music Books, Internet café’.
4. V.G. Foodstore, Stoke Newington High Street:
Indian cassettes displayed between the garlic and the yams.
[It occurs to me now that this route took me past the shopfront used in this photograph. When I moved to Hackney in 1984 it was still there on Stoke Newington High street.]
5. The Mind Shop, Stoke Newington Church Street:
CD – £2 – ‘The Mantle of Orpheus; Henry Purcell’s last songs and the songs of his fellow composers who survived him.’ The Consort of Musicke.
12” vinyl single – 50p. – Lloyd Cole and the Commotions. ‘Perfect Skin’.
6. Lucky Seven Records, Stoke Newington Church Street:
12” vinyl single – £3 – Cocteau Twins. ‘Aikea-Guinea, Kookaburra, Quisquose, Rococo’.
7” vinyl single – £2 – The Members. ‘The Sound of the Suburbs’. VS242. In biro, on the label, the name ‘Alan McGee’.