The official film of today’s (13) UK Record Store Day, The Vinyl Revival, is now available, as screenings of the documentary continue around the country. Subtitled “a new film about why the tables are turning again,” it documents the remarkable resurgence in the popularity of the format in recent years.
The film is made in collaboration with Proper Music Distribution co-founder and author Graham Jones, and based on his book The Vinyl Revival And The Shops That Made It Happen. The documentary features interviews with representatives of many of the independent record stores around the UK who have helped towards vinyl’s comeback.
The Vinyl Revival has been made in association with Distiller Music, and is available as a DVD within a gatefold vinyl album of selected tracks from Distlller’s list of Record Store Day releases. The LP features tracks from Anteros, the Ninth Wave, Bloody Knees, former Supergrass drummer Danny Goffey, the Ramona Flowers and others.
uDiscover Music attended a screening of the highly entertaining and upbeat film at London’s Notting Hill Arts Club on Thursday (11), as did Radiohead’s Philip Selway, who contributes to it along with Jones himself, Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason, Ade Utley of Portishead and bands the Orielles and Cassia. The London screening featured a live performance by Cassia.
The film is the follow-up to the acclaimed Last Shop Standing, in turn based on Jones’ earlier book of the same name. After Record Store Day, further screenings of The Vinyl Revival will take place at cinemas and festivals throughout the summer.
In the book on which the new documentary is based, published in September 2018, Jones explains why there are now 100 more record shops in the UK than in 2009. He toured the country to interview the owners and staff of some 50 record shops for the volume. A record total of some 250 independent record shops are taking part in the UK leg of the 12th annual Record Store Day.