Avalanche Records in talks to create Scottish pop music exhibition

Customers browse titles in the former Avalance Records store in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh, in 2013. Picture: Ian Rutherford/TSPL

Customers browse titles in the former Avalance Records store in the Grassmarket, Edinburgh, in 2013. Picture: Ian Rutherford/TSPL

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A POPULAR Edinburgh record shop is in discussions to create an exhibition documenting the story of Scottish pop music.

Avalanche Records, which has been based in a variety of locations across Edinburgh over the last 32 years, hopes to pool its own stock of releases by seminal artists with fans’ memorabilia to illustrate how the scene north of the border has evolved over the decades.

Avalanche owner Kevin Buckle. Picture: Phil Wilkinson/TSPL

Avalanche owner Kevin Buckle. Picture: Phil Wilkinson/TSPL

Owner Kevin Buckle revealed in March that he saw no future for the traditional record shop due to changing consumer habits and bands’ ability to sell directly to fans via the internet.

In a blog post published this week he revealed he had “very preliminary talks” with the National Museum of Scotland over creating some form of exhibit at an as yet undecided location, with copies of albums available to buy.

“This idea does to some extent mean different things to different people,” Buckle said. “Several parties have shown an interest and I’ve even had very preliminary talks with the National Museum of Scotland, but for now I’ll continue with the idea and if others get involved at a later date that can be only be good.

“It is an idea I see gradually growing and in the first instance I think a pop up is possible showcasing what might be done.”

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“I’m very interested in talking to others who would like to get involved as clearly there is a lot to be done here and probably - most importantly given none of these ideas are huge cash generators what is needed most are sponsors and investors.

“Clearly all these projects would be suitable for crowd funding but I would like to see what other interest there is first.”

Buckle cited the seminal Author! Author! LP by cult Edinburgh post-punk act Scars as the kind of records which could be featured.

Avalanche closed its last permanent store, in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket, in 2014 and has since traded online and via market stalls at pop-up events.

The shop once counted author Ian Rankine and comic Sean Hughes among its regular customers.

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