In 1987, Kelvin Jacobs opened his own record shop in Walthamstow – ‘Note For Note’. It was a shop with a general music stock but specialised in Jazz and Blues. “I think music should be for everybody”, he says. “People should be able to buy the whole range in one place. I remember that there were a couple of albums I used to play in the shop – Ben Webster Encounters Coleman Hawkins and also Art Pepper Meets The Rhythm Section – and whenever I put these on they would sell. Customers would come up to me and say ‘Have you got anything else like that?’”
I ran the second-hand basement for a while for Kelvin whilst he and a fellow art student who used to dress like the Belle Stars ran upstairs. I still have a load of soul 7 inches from my time there..everything was very market stall vibe..Kelvin was a ex trader..one day he sent me and the female assistant down the Saturday market offloading a load of Bros records at £2 a pop..fab memories. I remember I used to serve The Bevis Frond in his younger days and East 17 got their breaks from me :-)
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