Closing Down: Viva La Revolution Records, Diss, Norfolk - 21st January 2006

It's the end of an era. Over the last 10 years, Nosher has collected somewhere in the region of 1,000 CDs - at least 700 of which came from the great independent record shop "Revolution Records" in Diss, including around 500 that were second-hand. It had become very much an enjoyable part of a Saturday to go in, buy a handful of CDs and then hang out for bit. A few weeks before Wes had been on the turntables playing Pink Floyd's 24-minute track "Meddle", which we both wigged out to, much to the bemusement of members of staff and passers-by. Sadly, as most people seem to either buy only top-twenty shite from some supermarket, or download 128kbps crap off the internet; there's less of a place for somewhere like Revs which carries a much greater stock, random second-hand stuff and some amazingly weird left-field Indie that would have remained unheard otherwise. To commiserate the closing-down, Nosher is invited along with a whole bunch of other regulars to a "do" in the shop on the last Saturday of its existence. Playing a short set before her later appearance at the Yaxley acoustic music evening is Alex Hill, who played Revs last July with the Cracking Daisies, and Nosher is pursaded to do a quick turn on a Yamaha organ. This place will be sorely missed

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On Saturday afternoon, Geoff Sharkey is playing

Punters browse the half-price sale

The Sharkeys do some music

Vinyl is inspected

People mill around scavenging reduced stock

A stack of vinyl LPs

Geoff Sharkey

Hazel looks taken by surprise

Outside, on Diss' market place, a flea market takes place

There's tons of food and beer laid on for the evening party

Quiche and sandwiches

Random piles of CDs

At the evening party, Alex Hill plays a set

Alex Hill in action

Local artist Mike Webb (famous for the Mere Quacks cartoon)

Another regular gives the nibbles the thumbs-up. Nigel (right) goes for a sandwich

Alex Hill sings

Hazel pours a glass of wine

The evening event

Lou helps out on the 'bar'

A couple of regulars chat

Wayne Flatman models a very rare Revs t-shirt

Steamy windows: the front of Revs

More browsing

Lou and Hazel

More regulars

Lou chats to a regular

Mike Webb checks something out

Wayne Flatman finds something amusing

Hazel is presented with a card

Wes gives the card thumbs up

Mike Webb and Nigel over a case of CDs

Wes pretends to play a replica of Bruce Springsteen's Fender 'Esquire'

Wes's mate and fellow-regular has a go too

Upstairs, a box of posters and an armchair await their destiny

The beer is running out

The front of Revolution Records

A Beatles poster

Nosher's bike in the corner of the shop

The Revs crew: Mark's girlfriend, Mark, Hazel and Wes

Mark cues up the next track

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On Saturday afternoon, Geoff Sharkey is playing