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by John Burns (subscribe)
I am a writer and teacher, out and about in the world but with Nottingham never far from my heart.
Published August 15th 2012

All Ages Records is flying the flag for a dying breed. In the era of digital downloads, internet piracy and all manner of other disruptive influences rocking the boat of the music industry, it's the independent record shops that are taking the biggest hit.

This is what makes the existence of a place like All Ages all the more special. In existence for nearly ten years, All Ages began life as an independent stall on Camden market before moving to its current home on Pratt Street. If your interest in punk and hardcore goes beyond a love of Green Day and Sum 41, instead embracing the very ethos of the punk manifesto, this place is for you.

Open every single day between 11:30am to 6:30pm, All Ages and its crew of staff don't know the meaning of the word 'holiday'. This is just as well, as All Ages Records is the sort of place you can spend hours in, browsing stacks of vinyl and promising yourself that you'll "only buy one more".

Admittedly, the appeal of All Ages is pretty niche, but if you're the sort of person who goes weak at the knees when they spot the Give Thanks LP by Articles of Faith in all its original 180-gram vinyl glory, or maybe the type who asked for the Dischord Records boxset last Christmas, this place is an absolute goldmine.

If your musical tastes aren't quite so hardcore, All Ages is still the ideal place to sample the punk culture, purchase gig tickets and swap your alternative music stories with the knowledgeable staff. Long may it remain.
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Why? All Ages Records is flying the flag for a dying breed.
Where: 27 Pratt Street, London Greater London NW1 0BG
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