On the lifestyle of the UK reggae shop: you'd stand at the counter, the guy would play a bit of one of the latest singles and look round to see who wanted a copy, then distribute copies accordingly before moving on to the next one. Single sleeves with the names of the songs and artists written on in big print would be pinned up on the wall so you could see what was available. When you'd finished, you'd hand over your pile of singles for counting and divvying up. Comment:Neil Foxlee
I scraped and scrimped for the money, making all those trips to Peckings record shop in Shepherd’s Bush on the number 9 bus from Barnes to buy three singles. The shop owner George Price had been a personal friend of Coxsone Dodd in Jamaica. Life In Reggae David Rodigan.
The depth of his record box is the first thing that puts Curly B in a different league to the rest. He can draw on an endless supply of rare and brilliant tunes that few others can touch. "My record collection start from my father. When he went back to Jamaica he left me all that he had. Plus, I was always buying records, from the days of doing a paper round when we used to get fifty pence. A Jamaican '45 was fifty pence then. Straight down the record shop, Desmond Hip City in Atlantic Road, Brixton, Soferno B, Sound City, Peckings and Greensleeves in West London, Daddy Kool in the West End. All over London for my records."
When in the UK to see family on holidays, I started checking record shops. Began listening to philly, soul and also reggae at 11-12 years. My brother and I never missed Daddy Kool. But one year, summer of 1980, we crossed the city by bus to check out Peckings Records. Took ages it seemed. The shop was in 142 Askew road. At the store, Mr Peckings asked us to wait outside, while he popped out for some milk. We then spent good two hours in there, getting selections including Prince Jazzbo, Burning Spear, Ethiopian and also some ska albums, all Studio One releases. There was a big speaker on the floor, opposite the counter. I came back the following year, also in '84 with a mate from Sweden. Compared to other stores, Peckings was brighter, more airy and more friendly. Great shop, top man. Paul from Sweden (2022)
Extract form Bass Culture Lloyd Bradley
Image Paul from Sweden