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You probably wouldn’t have heard of the one in Hackney, but promos/demos/white labels/limited editions….you name it, they had it……mainly because P + J’s were an authorised chart vendor (in those days, it was the British Market Research Bureau that compiled the charts)….in other words, they’d be one of say, 200 outlets that made official chart returns….so they’d have pluggers turning up giving them loads of freebies – and they’d just sell them on…happy days! Comment:Brian

(Mar 7, 2014) Richard said:Great record shop, went in there at least every Monday for years. Mick who worked there was a great fella, Berie who owned it was a grumpy geezer....

I worked in P&J Records on a Saturday and during the school holidays around ‘83, ‘84. It was great, I worked with Micky Hooland mainly who was a pretty cool guy, he introduced me to lots of music I wouldn’t have otherwise listened to. He’d been in a band and had a record released and been out with one if the girls from Bucks Fizz (can’t remember which one). Bernie Schwartz was the manager and the grumpiest rudest man I’ve ever met! Couldn’t stand him. Such a cool place to work though, every day was like a party. Great to find this site and remember some great times.

Ian Lorrance

This is Mick who used to work & became manager in P&J's

Back in the day, the shop was always very busy on Saturdays, worked with some great people / characters such as: Jeff Linstead, Micky Holland & Barry Donn.

The owners Bernie & Pauline were 100% chain smokers making it very uncomfortable to in the shop a lot of the time but I was young then & just accepted the conditions.

Could go on forever with fun & serious tales to tell of what I experienced & witnessed while working in P&J's for nearly 4 years......


I got my 1st chance back then 1976 by working in P&J's to DJ & am still now....

Micky Evans


17 Aug 2023 at 10:02
Remember it well, used to go in their lunch time with the girls and hang out. Micky used to let us stay but Bernie always chucked us out. Remember Micky Evans well, he used to DJ in different Hackney pubs, think the last time I saw him was in the Kenton Arms. Micky Holland used to be in a band with his brother Billy, Artful Dodgers I believe, they used to do the photo stories for My Guy magazine.



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