UPDATE April 4, 2013
“Every London Jazz fan was born within the sound of Dobells…” I am delighted to pass on, to any interested jazz folk and blues fans, information about a forthcoming five week free exhibition about the record shop that was the centre of the musical universe in London of the late Fifties and Sixties, Dobells Folk Blues and Jazz Record Shop. I shopped there myself as a spotty youth in the mid-Sixties British Blues Explosion, thumbing through the blues imports found in the Folk part of the shop.
I get a twinge of
neuralgia nostalgia just seeing that shop front again. LJC’s tribute, from among the artists mentioned as regular customers of Dobells, in keeping with the spirit of the time, The Sixties British Blues Explosion fuelled by Dobells, on original vinyl from my archive, the odd click courtesy of my Dansette portable record player, complete with writing on label (“Andy”) and look in horror at the spindle tracks!:
John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton; Double Crossin’ Time ( Decca 1966)
BB King, Live at The Regal, Sweet Little Angel (ABC Paramount/ HMV 1965)
(Yes, I know I should have been listening to Coltrane released around the same time, but that’s another story, for another day)
Programme of Events
Tuesday 9th April 6.00 – 8.30pm
TALK WITH BRIAN PEERLESS Wednesday 17th April 6.00 – 7.30pm
Brian Peerless who worked at Dobell’s record shop from 1962 to
1992 will give his unique perspective on this legendary venue.
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RECORD STORE DAY UK
Saturday 20th April 10.00am – 4.00pm
CHELSEA space celebrates Record Store Day UK with open decks for you to play and listen to your Dobells Jazz Folk Blues records on, a pop up vinyl & books stall and live acoustic music. www.recordstoreday.co.uk
TALK WITH DAVID REDFERN Wednesday 15th May 6.00 – 7.30pm
Hear renowned music photographer David Redfern talk about his extensive career. David has photographed all the greats
including Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Dusty Springfield, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Hendrix and Dylan. In our exhibition, you can see David’s photographs commissioned by Dobell’s from the 1967 Newport Jazz Festival.
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OPEN DECKS SESSIONS Wednesdays 2.00 – 5.00pm
17th April – Dobells Staff and Customers
24th April – Leon Parker of British Record Shop Archive
1st May – Sound of the World Forum
8th May – National Jazz Archive
15th May – open session
Did you buy records at Dobells record shop? Come and play them on our decks, chat to customers and staff of the shop as well as other guests and recreate that famous feel of the “record shop with the club atmosphere” at CHELSEA space. Everyone is welcome to any of the sessions listed above.
LUNCHTIME LIVE SETS 12.30 – 1.30pm
Live music will be played in the space during the show run.
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The exhibition coincides with Record Store Day UK on 20th April, a day when kindly and philanthropic record shop proprietors will be giving away dozens of mint original copies of Mobley 1568, hundreds of mint original Tempo releases by Tubby Hayes, and for the lucky few, a hundred copies of Acker Bilk’s chart-topping hit, Stranger on the Shore. Each. XD
Chelsea Space is to be found at Millbank on theThames, next to the Tate Britain, full details in the flyer. One for the Diary, I think.