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Mark (Dougie) Bishop from Hereford and myself both studied Physics @ Birmingham University from 76 to 79. He was into Northern in a big way and had a lot of contacts in the city. As well as Graham Warr and Soul Galore in Oasis, The Diskery and Reddingtons, there were two record shops in Selly Oak. ‘Funky Duncs Record Shop’ was run by a couple of in your face gays. Dunc had every British Motown release from TMG500 and used to DJ ocasionally at our Brum Uni Soul Club do’s. The other shop was Raven Records. I think his name was Paul Raven and he had a huge quantity of imports and pressings. They cost next to nothing – great for us poor students. Comment: Bernie Priekulis.

Name Nick Cooke:Comment Remember the shop well. I lived between Selly Oak and Northfield and had a holiday job at Boxfoldia in Selly Oak '74 and '75. I was and still am a sixties soul fan and still have a bag same as the picture and some of the discs I bought there. ( July27, 2016).

Wow! That's taken me back nearly 44 years. Raven Records was my shop on the Bristol Road in Selly Oak between 72-79, I closed the shop down when our Theatrical business (Jokes, Novelties, Fancy Dress, Magic and Theatrical Make-up) took off and we opened Lynex Theatrical shops in Acocks Green and Sutton Coldfield. We also supplied props to TISWAS, OTT and Spitting Image. It was wonderful to fall upon your webpage, it really did take me back some 44 years and my memory of those times were also jogged only the other week when I went to a Northern Soul Night down here in Cornwall and the DJ played Jerry Williams - 'If You Ask Me', a record that I sold to the late Radio Luxembourg DJ, Dave Christian when he visited my shop, a track that he then went on to play on 208 and dedicate to the staff at Raven Records.
BTW, my DJ name was Bob Raven!
Robert Lynex




550 Bristol Road Selley Oak / Birmingham
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