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ilburn Record Centre, later Harlequin
163 Kilburn High Road, next to The Terrace. Paul Vernon remembers that it had racks of records outside. The small shop had opened by 1961, but was gone by 1968. It was taken over by the Harlequin Records and an advert for the Kilburn shop appeared in the ‘International Times’ 17 July 1970. The Harlequin chain of over 70 stores became part of Our Price Records, started by Gary Nesbitt in a shop called ‘Tape Revolution’ in Swiss Cottage in 1971. Our Price did not keep the Kilburn shop, so it probably closed in the early 1970s.


Dave Harwood
30 Oct 2023 at 09:13
I found this article in 'The Tatler' dated 20th August 1966: “Kilburn Record Centre Ltd, 163a Kilburn High Road, NW6 (MAI 0730). This is the place to go if you suddenly feel the urge to listen to some Irish revolutionary songs. They have the largest selection in London of different types of Irish music, including folk songs, jigs and reels, and showbands (their version of our groups). They only sell new records. Open from 9.30 am to 6 pm. Half-day Thursday.”



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