Despite many, if not most, pundits claiming that records as a business and indeed as a medium have all but ceased to exist, one Londoner has put the entirety of his historic record shop — including the four walls as well as all of the stock — up for auction on eBay for just over $500,000.
NME reports that Tim Derbyshire, who’s been the owner of On The Beat Records in Tottenham Court Road, London, for 35 years thinks it’s time to “step down and let another passionate music lover take over” and own the store’s catalog, of copious rock, funk, soul, jazz and folk vinyls.
Not wanting to see the store close and the historic collection of records disappear, Derbyshire is appealing for an independently wealthy music lover to take the reigns:
“If you’re at the stage in your life when you don’t have to worry about making money but can live the bohemian life, meet interesting people every day and the occasional pop or rock star, here’s your chance to take over the oldest record shop in the centre of swinging London.
“A vinyl treasure trove with a pulsing, groovin’ history steeped in its very walls. You can make history and take it over!”
Derbyshire ends his missive by simply saying, “The Beat must go on” and appealing to someone to “Keep my dream alive!” Readers can check out the listing and even place a bid, should they meet Derbyshire’s criteria, right here.
(Via The Age)