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Today Monday May 20

Afternoon

Jazz

Jazz in the Afternoon - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Books in Bill Quay

Once upon a time, as all good stories used to begin, there were bookshops everywhere. New ones, old ones, rare ones, specialised ones.
Now there is Waterstones and Borders.
I've nothing against those two stores - they sell books and I love books.
However, buying a new book can never replace the thrill of discovering an unknown gem in a second-hand bookshop. Yet, because of the paucity of stores dealing solely in used books, another thrill has been added - that of finding a second-hand bookshop!
Okay, I know there is no shortage of charity shops selling books - Oxfam even have ones selling nothing else - but it always appears to me that the charity shops all have the same books on their shelves!
Therefore, it was with unmitigated delight that I came across Bill Quay Books. That's right a bookshop in Bill Quay - a suburb of Gateshead!
So what has this to do with jazz?
Nothing! except that they had quite a few jazz books in the Music and Biography sections - although they had two less after I left clutching copies of Robert Hilbert's biog. of Pee Wee Russell & Bill Milkowski's "Swing It!" - An annotated History of Jive.
This is a small oasis in the cultural desert check it out.
Lance.
PS: Most of the above remarks could also apply to second-hand record stores.

2 comments :

russell said...

Hi Lance

I didn't know the shop existed. The things one learns reading Bebop Spoken Here! I'll pay a visit in a day or two.

Russell

Liz said...

I too mourn the loss of bookshops. However, here in York, we still do have some smaller, specialised ones. They seem to delight visitors, although I do wonder whether they are frequented by residents as much as one would hope for.
Liz

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