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Name: Tam Henderson
Comment: I [am] still looking for some help on a record shop in Guildford around 1971... Dave Evans co-ran this store with a guy named Patrick, I think the store was owned by a guy named Tim, of this I am not 100% sure, the store was called Head Sounds.

Some people in those days who would have been in the shop are Darrell Babkirk, Andy Millet, Sara Henderson, Jonty Tatlow, and Billy Barker.

Name: Ben Collectors Records
Comment: It started in 1978-79 in Haydon Place and was called East West in latter days. The shop was quite a hippy haven back in the day in the 1970s and 1980s, always reggae and [a] prog rock den. I bought nice LPs there!
(1 February 2015)

Name: Tam Henderson
Comment: Thanks Ben, seems I am on the right track (pun intended). If anybody has any photos of the place (Head Sounds) or more info, I would love to know.

Name: Allen Moss
Comment: I well remember Head Sounds in Phoenix Court, Guildford during the 1970s, it was the place to be on a Saturday, it was packed with people all wanting to listen to their fave vinyl being played. The age of Bowie and Aladdin Sane, Led Zep, platform boots and shoes, bell bottoms, couldn't beat it! Sad those days are gone as there was a lot of chemistry with everyone all talking about music, drinking and smoking, great days.
(2022)

Name: Emma Dodd
Comment: I used to carry a sandwich board for Head Sounds in the 1980s.
(2022)

Name: Mark Donmall
I remember a Head Sounds being in Phoenix Court, if I recall correctly it was the same location as Bonaparte's occupied later. I think it changed around 1973/74. I don't know if the Head Sounds in Haydon Place was another branch of same business.
(2022)

Name: Nicholas Bateman
Ben Darnton I remember Head Sounds too! Huge headphones with which to listen to LPs. The volume was turned up as well!
(2022)

Name: Sue Masterton
Loved that place!
(2022)

Name: Rupert Smith
Comment: Yes, Head Sounds became Bonaparte around 1975/6. Used to go there in my school lunch break. The owners were very friendly and were quite happy with us smoking in the upstairs room. Good for pre-punk stuff like The Stooges and The Velvet Underground, then of course all the punk releases from 1976 onwards. Also sold tickets for gigs at Civic Hall.
(2022)

Name: Nigel
Comment: Yes, Head Sounds, what a brilliant place. I used to live at the cottage on Quarry Street with Andy Millais in the 1970s. Both sadly gone.
Headphones on, catching the new tunes… Remember being turned on to Caravanseri by Santana. Good Times in Guildford at the Art School and The Kings Head.
(2022)


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Dave Harwood
21 Oct 2023 at 09:33
I found this advert/coupon in the ‘Surrey Advertiser’ dated 30th March 1973:
“ROCK, CLASSIC, POP, FOLK, SOUL, BLUES, COSMIC IMPORTS, UNDERGROUND, INDEGROUND. TAKE THIS COUPON TO YOUR NEAREST HEAD SOUNDS, ITS WORTH 20p OFF THE NEW LOWER RECOMMENDED RETAIL PRICE DURING MAD APRIL SALE. PHOENIX COURT, GUILDFORD (Near Woolworths). ONE COUPON PER RECORD SALE, APRIL 2nd - APRIL 30th.” ... which seems to indicate there was more than one branch of Head Sounds.
Rob Sum
21 Feb 2024 at 07:03
I remember it well - well, not well, it was the late 1960/1970s...

I think it was a yank who ran it, who had the most gorgeous girlfriend who worked in the shop. We used to go there to stare at her and occasionally buy LPs we couldn’t afford in the hope of impressing her.

There was another record shop just round the corner next to the cinema. They're all gone now and even her beauty has faded in my memory.

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Phoenix Court GU1 3EG Guildford / Surrey
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