As we continue to live our lives in the very digital world, there’s a major decrease in what’s accessible to us in the physical world. Independent record shops, for example, have been a pervasive topic of conversation when it comes to what’s disappearing due to lack of demand in the physical world. We’ve replaced the need for these record stores with online ones; we purchase music as a digital download, and, admittedly, even via pirating. Last Shop Standing, inspired by the book of the same name by Graham Jones, takes viewers behind the counters and into the shoes of 20 independent record shop owners to figure out why nearly 2,000 record shops have ‘disappeared’ across the UK. The film also charts the initial rise of record shops throughout the ’60’s, 70’s and 80’s and the shady underhand deals that built them, the demise of vinyl, the rise of CD and the creation of new technologies. The documentary film also speaks to music industry leaders Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Billy Bragg, Nerina Pallor, Richard Hawley, Paul Weller, and Clint Boon as they discuss the impact record shops had, and continue to have, on their discovery of new artists as well as their musical education. Last Shop Standing is out now and can be ordered for about $20 here. Watch the trailer below to get a bit of insight as to how independent record shops disappeared, and why their physical state of being is more important than ever. Along with watching the film, don’t forget to support your local independent record store on Record Store Day!

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