Saturday, March 07, 2020

Kool things

In what certainly won't be Suzanne Moore's most controversial Guardian article of the week (ahem), she's written about paying a visit to Ecstatic Peace Library, the pop-up experimental record shop set up in Hackney by a team including Thurston Moore. Anyone who's seen the superb Sonic Youth tour documentary 1991: The Year Punk Broke will know the extent of his crate-digging obsession - so it's presumably a dream come true to have his own store.

Moore the journalist asked Moore the musician "the obvious question": "who in their right mind would open a record store now?" The latter's response - "What about artistic profit, creative profit, intellectual profit?" - is inspiringly idealist but does betray the fact that he's (presumably) in the fortunate position of not having to worry about the venture actually making money.

Nevertheless, it's clear from the article that the place has its own unique character, the result of careful curation - it's somewhere to browse and pick up an unanticipated gem, rather than somewhere to go expecting a semi-comprehensive selection of any particular genre. It's also has the potential to be much more than just a record shop - it also sells books and art, and looks set to become a community space and artistic hub too. As such, it's further evidence that Moore is very much settled in his adopted home city and creatively engaged with the local cultural scene.

In summary, then: to use the words of Liz Lemon, I want to go to there.

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