Image Alan Esdaile
Started life in 1978 in a small kiosk on Hastings Pier by Alan Esdaile (Better known as international dj 'Johnny Mason'. Moved to 187 Queens Road and eventually to 190 Queens Road. The shop specialised in indie, alternative, reggae and oldies unlimited local agent. Chart return shop for the indie chart. The shop closed down in 1989, as 'Our Price' were undercutting our bigger bread & butter titles like 'The Smiths' and 'Toyah'. Masons Music continues today in a warehouse, as a wholesaler of band t-shirts and other merchandise.
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(Mar 13, 2012) Matt Thomas said:Worked here 1985-1987 and again 1989-present.
(Mar 12, 2012) Tony May said:'Masons' as the shop was known was situated almost opposite 'The Record Shop' in Queens Road, Hastings. Due to this location it found it tough to compete on chart items with the more central 'The Disc Jockey' and (to a lesser extent) my old shop, Stylus Records. This said, Masons was always a good place to go if you wanted something a bit different. The shop was renowned for stocking a lot of punk, new wave and reggae that most of the others would shun and the Masons sale was a must as you could pick up albums for 10p sometimes! The shop was also well known for stocking button badges and unusual items all of which made it well worth a visit..
Image Alan Esdaile This bag was designed by ‘John Wilde’. I wanted something that covered all the different musical tastes we catered for. At the time we were selling to lots of Mods, Psychobilly, Punks, Rock etc. I think he did an excellent job of getting the image right.