I don’t know why I’m surprised when I watch a documentary I’m interested in and Billy Bragg appears. I should know by now. What with his new album release news and free download yesterday though it was a bit of a coincidence.
Last Shop Standing is a short film about record shops. It’s full of record shop owners and a few customers, talking about their history and future. It’s interesting, especially the section about reps hyping the charts, and sad as we see a shop in Chesterfield close. But more than anything it made me want to do to Record Collector in Broomhill and ask what he recommends for a Billy Bragg fan. I’d go tomorrow but it seems to be snowing and it would take a while on foot. I’ll put it on my list.
It isn’t scintillating and not really much of a surprise, but it is way more positive about the future than I expected it to be so well worth a view. 6/10.