What was it like to go music shopping at HMV in 1985? This.

Record stores were glorious places 30 years ago. While most of the space was dedicated to vinyl, it was under serious pressure from pre-recorded cassettes, sales of which exploded after the introduction of Walkman and Walkman-like personal audio players.

It didn’t stop there, though. Some stores still stocked 8-tracks while most outlets had at least a small section dedicated to this new thing called the compact disc.

Retronaut has these pictures of an HMV in Bristol in the UK c.1985. All the pictures can be seen here.

 

 

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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