Record Revivals changes hands

Rod Emms

Rod Emms

Words and photo by Dave Barry

One of Scarborough’s oldest music shops is changing hands.

Record Revivals, next to Stephen Joseph Theatre, was launched in Victoria Road in 1982 by Rod Emms, who sold used LPs and singles out of cardboard boxes.

As the business grew, it moved to Falsgrave Road then the first of three units in Northway, including one shared with Mojos Music Café.

Now, Rod is retiring and handing over the baton to Paul Toole and Gill Brown, who ran two of Scarborough’s most successful music venues, the Stage Door and Talbot.

Paul has led a double life in recent years, gaining popularity and bookings at national festivals such as Glastonbury, Womad, where he DJs as Mister Tooley.

Record Revivals will close on 30 September and reopen on 17 October.

The new owners plan to continue what Rod does but expand, with a greater online presence, extended opening hours and a new, first-floor sales area in 2018.

Paul says: “It’s an honour to take over Scarborough’s longest established record shop. Rod has created a unique business with a loyal customer base and I look forward to providing the same level of service.

“I think the secret of Record Revivals’ success is that Rod has always offered a great mix of old and new product, with the emphasis on the more niche genres of music, so it’s where people head to buy jazz, blues, folk, world music, soul, reggae, prog, punk and indie on vinyl and CD.

“That’s certainly a lot more fun than dealing in mainstream music! I see the shop as Rod’s legacy and the prospect of taking the business to the next stage, while retaining Rod’s core values, is really exciting”.