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Name: Tony May
Comment: I used to work in Stylus circa 1983 -85 when it was run by Nelson De Souza. He sold the business to Diane Star's dad so she could have a shop of her own (she used to work in The Disc Jockey). Met loads of great friends while working in the shop and will always remember the old days of vinyl and seven inch singles with much love. The building where Stylus was is no more now as it was demolished to make way for a road and an underpass. I feel as if the world of music I knew and loved has also gone replaced by the bloody supermarkets, downloading and the internet. God bless all you record shop devotees!

Name: Alan Esdaile
Comment: Stylus Records was started by Bob McKenzie. This shop in Castle Street was previously home to Rediffusion when Bob was the manager. When the shop closed down, Bob started Stylus Records in George Street, Old Town and moved to Castle Street a couple of years later.

Name: Meryle Adki
Comment: My friend Charlie worked there in the 1980s. Shame I lost contact with him. I’d love to know how he is. I met the drummer of Big Country at the shop. I was looking for Blancmange in the B section and he leant over and picked his record out, saying he was the drummer.

Name: Cris Kennard
Comment: Bob booked me to do the EF student discos in various hotels and the pier ballroom twice a week for a couple of years in the mid-1970s. I always got on well with him.


Dave Harwood
04 Dec 2023 at 02:17
I found this advert in the 'Hastings & St. Leonards Observer' dated 27th March 1976: “STYLUS, 14 CASTLE ST., HASTINGS, proudly presents: Record Bargains Galore. UP TO ??% OFF 100's of LPs and Cassettes. ALSO AMERICAN IMPORTS REDUCED TO £1.49. NO GIMMICKS. NO LIMITED PERIOD. Visit our First Floor Sales Dept. Open all year round.”



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