Anyone remember this or the folk band?
Kevin Carlyon says… The Ross’s Revenge. Back in the 70’s I used to illegally run Caroline Badges where I supplied badges, at their request, to the Caroline Roadshow, where I supplied them free. I had hassle from the authorities but always got around it!! Would you like a FREE Radio Caroline badge? My favourite is the small top right small one with a photo supplied by Julie Lewis, aka Johnny Lewis other half. For your badge or two ( selected at random – not a choice) send a 2nd Class Larrge stamp or two IRC’s to Kevin Carlyon, 22B Dane Road, St Leonard’s on Sea, East Sussex, TN38 0QW, UK. What many people don’t realise that when I supplied badges to The Caroline Roadshow back in the 70’s Alan used to make them at his shop, Mason’s Music on Hastings Pier (When it used to have real shops on and a small tv studio for Meridian TV. I did several interviews for STV among others). Ask Alan about the smoke bomb in his ash tray!!!
Margaret Capps… Omg i went out and delivered bread egg bacon cannot remember the year but we went out on a fishing boat
Louise Burt… I’ve still got the badges you posted to me Kev still
Paul Simmonite… Is this offer still current?
Julie Findlay-jones… I remember the badge machine great fun,
Steve Thorpe… Remember the shop and did have a Caroline badge!
Hastings Pier, 187 Queens Road, 190 Queens Road, Grove Road Ore, Ponswood Ind Estate St Leonards.
Alan Esdaile… Now time for me to get a proper job.
Matt Thomas… I drove past earlier – something drew me to the place today.Sorry it’s come to this. End of an era as Masons Music closes it doors for the last time today, up until last year I had spent nearly 30 years at the place so very sad for me to hear today.
Chris Coleman… That must be a record
Jim Breeds… Really? Gosh. Best wishes for the next venture!
Colin Norton… Sorry to hear this, Alan! Hope that everything works out for you!
Tony May… Oh what a year this has been for you and for me. So sorry to hear this but not surprised in the current climate. If you can please pass on my condolences to all who have lost their jobs today. I may have left a long while ago but part of me shall always belong to Masons Music and the legacy that its existence played in what we all used to recognise as the music industry. Best wishes to you Alan – I will be in touch soon.
Jo Turner… Sorry to hear that
Virginia Davis… Good luck in your next venture
Diane Barton… Have the best memories 🙂 Fun times xxx
Ian Mantel… Every week on pay day in early 80’s I bought records.
Simon Payne… Masons Music played an important part in many of our Hastings lives. Sad to hear of it closing it’s doors today. Sad news Alan, I wasn’t with you long but still remember it fondly. Good luck for the future.
As regular readers will know, I have a very soft spot for all things musical and have written a number of articles for H.T. about local record shops and characters associated with them.
Well, I’m delighted to inform you this month that a new website called ‘The British Record Shop Archive’ has been set up by another such enthusiast, Leon Parker.
The aim of the website is not just to record for posterity the name of every record shop to ever open its doors in the U.K. but to also make sure that the social interaction, culture and day-to-day way of life that was buying a physical music product from a real person over a counter is documented and remembered.
Having been in more record shops than Sir Richard Branson over the years I have been having a whale of a time contributing photos, memories and memorabilia to the site and you will be glad to know, have personally made sure that Jack & Sonia London’s ‘The Record Shop’ webpage has been royally decked out and the part they played here in Hastings for 44 years properly recorded.
In fact, Hastings Town has played quite a large part in helping me to see that Hastings record outlets are not forgotten. As well as my article on Jack London, I have contributed my article ‘Remembering Alan Jensen’ about the man we knew and loved as ‘Big Al’ of The Disc Jockey and submitted the photos our sadly missed friend, Ron Fellows, sent me of Stylus Records.
Being a true ‘anorak’ I also sent in photos of a few old local record shop bags I found stored away in the loft as well.
Its sobering to think now that at the height of the popularity of vinyl records in the 1980’s there used to be thousands of independent record shops in the U.K. In 2009 that figure had dropped to just 269 (according to The Independent newspaper).
Tony Ham… Before my day, it was up Queen’s Road when I went there, didn’t it move further up the road at one point?
Alan Esdaile… 187 Queens Road, then moved to 190 Queens Road. Looking at this photo I think theirs an album in the window you like, The Stranglers?
Tony Ham… Black and White, definitely 1978, then.
Jim Breeds… Brilliant Photo Alan Love the badges in the window 🙂
Leigh Wieland-Boys… Whilst going for a stroll on the pier one Easter Steve Demetri (my then boyfriend) bought me a Yes album from you, it’s still got the price sticker on it (seem to recall it was £1.25) – happy days
Alan Esdaile… Also see a Sad Cafe Misplaced Ideals LP, Kris Kristofferson and Elton John covers.
Julie Findlay-Jones… I loved working there, Alan was such a grear boss.
Andy Qunta… Excellent! Great to see this photo! Good times!
Paul Marshall… Oh my. That was my first ever job working with Alan, making badges by the zillion and discovering toons.
Jim Breeds… Have you thought to give a copy of this photo to the pier didital memories archive Alan?
Alan Esdaile… I’m pretty sure they had this Jim but didn’t use it.
Recognise a few Toyah Singles.
Andy Qunta… What’s wrong with this picture? Absolutely nothing!
Martin Richter… it`s a mystery….?
Matt Thomas… coco lol. Oldies Unlimited. Good times,even though i didnt start until the move up to 190
Darren Holmes… memories – used to get so many old and rare records from there especially when Andy got the catalogue out!
Mark Gilham… A proper shop
Mick O’Dowd… Same haircut as today. Change your stylist Alan.
Yvonne Cleland… There was a time… when everyone had those plastic coloured strips in the doorway hahahahaha
Julie Findlay-jones… Great times there x
Andy Qunta… Yes, Yvonne, I had those plastic strip things in my bedroom doorway!
Tony May… A great picture to see. Many memories…
Iain Cobby… I remember a sixteen year old bassist being regularly taken to your shop by one Stevie D, to hear bands for the first time such as ELP eponymous album, Santana, Genesis and any other bands that he was into. Such great memories of you the shop and of course, the man himself.
Alan Pepper…..I’ll have one from the top and five from anywhere else please Bill !!
Will Cornell…..Marley “Legend” up top…video…or did ya’ll have CD Longboxes over there? The first few years of CDs had those for security purposes (hard to stuff into your pocket). Yes, ’84 or later. Curious: what’s “staff only”? The pile of stuff employees promised to buy when the next paycheck came in? My own store’s “wish bin” looked similarly loaded.
Matt Thomas……that is actually the sign above the door to the back room – well camouflaged lo. Smiths ‘How Soon Is Now’ in the charts, 1985 – just had a closer look and King ‘Love & Pride’ is in the chart and Stephen TinTin Duffy ‘Kiss Me’
Julie Findlay-jones….Happy memories, cant see the badge machine tho x
Matt Thomas….Definitely 84 Ghostbusters is in the chart and Bob Marley Legend video on top shelf lol
Tony Ham….If I had all the money I spent in there, still got all the records though!
Karen Sweatman….My friend really really fancied him!
Jim Breeds….I can almost smell the place! All record shops had the certain smell of paper, card and vinyl. Plus cigarette in this case
Alan Esdaile….I know what you mean by the smell of a record shop. I can remember the first Virgin record shop in Brighton, opposite the clock tower, you were certain to get high on the atmosphere.
Jim Breeds….OMG yes, that Virgin shop in Brighton was a revelation! After I first discovered it I used to get the train over there just to go to that store. Soft deep carpets and scatter cushions where you could squat all day if you wanted, just talking to people, listening to the music and taking in the “atmosphere”! That comment brought back memories!! Far Out Man. There was a pretty decent record shop in The Lanes too I recall, though somewhat more conventional than the Virgin store.
Mick Knights….Remember queing outside the Virgin store in the freezing cold to buy Led Zepplin tickets and not objecting to the blatant queque jumpers, only to be the first to be refused entry, as they had sold out. Not bitter or anything!!!!