Stylus Record Shop – Castle Street Hastings 1973


Outside Stylus Record Shop, boss ‘Bob McKenzie’, ‘Leif Ohlin’ and Alan Esdaile. Poster on the door for the Steamhammer gig and Gary Glitter’s taking over the other window!

stylus record bag

lp record bag supplied by Nigel Ford

supplied by Linda Boiling

Tony May.…Oh wow! What a find this is! Way before my time working there but brilliant to see a pic of Bob and amazing also to note the GG displays in the other window. I used to have to do the displays myself (best I could) towards the end of my stint at the shop because we weren’t able to buy big enough quantities of the top new releases from the record companies to qualify for a visit from their display teams.

Peter Howard… Is that you with the kipper tie Alan?

Alan Esdaile… Yes but can’t understand why I’m wearing a tie?

Peter Howard… Pretty groovy look 🙂

Mick Mepham… Nice poster for Steamhammer supported by Crimson Earth on the left side of the door Alan.

Kevin Burchett… Bob Mackenzie used to organise the E.F student discos in Scalliwags in the 70s nice bloke. Am I right Alan?

Alan Esdaile… Yes he did Kevin, probably with Bill Loveland from E.F.

Jonathan Nurse… Brilliant snap

Kevin Burchett… remember Bill Loveland to

Darren Johnson… Great picture. I’m actually trying to think if I actually went into the shop now. I came to Coombe Haven holiday camp in 1982 with the family and I remember coming into Hastings and buying a new copy of Slade’s Old New Borrowed and Blue from a record shop – it was actually quite hard to get hold of at the time and I could never finda copy for sale back home.

Meryle Adki… My friend Charlie worked there in 80’s. Shame I lost contact with him. I’d love to know how he is. I met the drummer of the Big Country at the shop. I was looking for Blancmange in the B section and he lent over and picked his record out. Saying he was the drummer.

Merv Kennard… Bob booked me to do the ef student disco’s in various hotels and the pier ballroom twice a week for a couple of years in the mid 70s. I always got on well with him.

Karen Riggs… Does anyone still remember the Disc Jockey in Queens Road ?

Alan Esdaile… Loads of posting of The Disc Jockey on the website, if you use the search box Karen. I will move a few to the top, soon.


Stylus Record Shop – George Street, Hastings. 1970


Anyone remember when Stylus was in George Street? Used to work here on a Saturday.

Caz Simpson… I remember it well.

Andy Qunta… Yes indeed!

Kev Towner… A tad before my time.

Darren Holmes… I only remember it being in Castle Street.

Jim Hobbs… I managed it for a year from 1976 to 1977 working for owner Bob Mckenzie.