Rock on Film

Rough Trade Documentary

Good news for UK music lovers.

BBC One is to air a documentary on London’s legendary Rough Trade record shop tonight, Monday January 10th at 7.30 p.m GMT.

The shop opened in 1976, and became famous for its wide range of records and its support for independent music.

Stories such as Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain, asking Courtney Love to go to the counter for a record as he was too intimidated by the store’s staff to do so himself, still circulate to this day.

The shop also spawned independent label, Rough Trade Records, whose roster includes The Strokes, The Libertines, British Sea Power and Belle and Sebastian. It was also home to The Smiths.

I’ll be setting my VCR people. I suggest you all do the same.

Ashley King hails from Oldham, Greater Manchester, UK and is a second year journalism student with the University of Central Lancashire, Preston. You can read more of Ashley’s writing in the university magazine “Pluto” and on the music site Designer Punk. This is his first of hopefully many posts for The Rock and Roll Report.