The Broadway Bookshop
6 Broadway Market
London E8 4QJ

Phone: 020 7241 1626

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Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 11am-5pm


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Exhibition: 28 April - 30 June 2018

We are pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition to celebrate the publication of Jenny Leach: Paintings, Prints, Drawings, 1986 - 2016. Sixteen pictures, selected from three decades of the artist's practice, range across her 'works from memory', etchings, still life, portrait, figure drawings and student work. The exhibition can be viewed during shop opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm / Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm. All works are for sale. For prices and availability please email:


Jenny Leach has exhibited at Millinery Works, Barbican Centre, Sweet Briars College and Gallerie Jeanne. She was a tutor at Putney Art School, teaching life drawing and painting, etching and portfolio preparation, as well as the Diploma in Art and Design - a course she co-founded - and the Advanced Open Studio Workshop.


Copies of Jenny Leach: Paintings, Prints, Drawings, 1986 - 2016 are now available to buy in the shop. Price £25.00.


We regularly hold events at our bookshop such as readings and book signings.

THE VINYL COUNTDOWN: with Travis Elborough and Garth Cartwright

Wednesday, 4 July 2018 at 7.00pm

Garth Cartwright, author of the recently published Going For A Song: A Chronicle of the UK Record Shop, and Travis Elborough, whose book The Long-Player Goodbye celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, will be appearing at the shop on Wednesday 4 July at 7 p.m to discuss the cultural impact and trajectory of the record and its retail - its rise and fall and the revival of vinyl - and the possibilities of its future.

Tickets are £5 (includes a glass of wine). For booking please call: 020 7241 1626 or email:

For further information about Going For A Song and The Long-Player Goodbye, and Garth and Travis, please see below.


GOING FOR A SONG: A Chronicle of the UK Record Shop
by Garth Cartwright with a foreword by Stewart Lee
(The Flood Gallery, 2018)

(from the publisher)

Going For A Song explores the secret history of the UK record shop, from the age of the wax cylinder to the days of dubstep and the resurgence of vinyl. Illustrated with dozens of rare photographs, advertisements, record bags and treasures from the golden age of record retail.

The book covers the whole colourful story of UK record-buying, from market traders selling music-hall 78s alongside Whitechapel’s shellac synagogues, through HMV’s Oxford Street classical emporium and Soho’s post-WW2 jazz, blues and folk merchants, to mods hungry for imported ska and ravers demanding Detroit techno.

Going for a Song reveals how Brian Epstein, the genius behind Liverpool’s NEMS shops, used his trade contacts to launch The Beatles. It documents the golden dawn of psychedelia at Mayfair’s One Stop, where Jimi Hendrix was a regular customer and witnesses A Clockwork Orange being filmed at the Chelsea Drug Store.

The early Seventies finds Richard Branson’s Virgin shops leading a revolution in record retail, and Rough Trade, Beggars Banquet, Small Wonder and Good Vibrations launching their own punk record labels. The CD boom fuels the megastores, and then downloading takes hold and the chains crash. From the ruins arose a new generation of record shops riding the vinyl revival while Record Store Day is a hugely popular event internationally. Going for a Song details all this and more!

The Long-Player Goodbye
by Travis Elborough
(Sceptre, 2008)

It is now seventy years since Columbia records launched their long-playing record in the summer of 1948. This revolutionary innovation ushered in the era of vinyl as the format for the music that would soundtrack so many lives. 

First published ten years ago when the iPod ruled supreme and a vinyl revival seemed an unlikely prospect Travis Elborough’s The Long-Player Goodbye was immediately acclaimed as a brilliant piece of popular history that explored how vinyl changed our world. 

The book became the basis for the BBC4 documentary When Albums Ruled the World in which he also appeared.

For further details about the Long-Player Goodbye, please click here.


Garth Cartwright is a New Zealand born, London based journalist, author, DJ and music promoter. Garth contributes to a wide variety of newspapers, magazines, websites and radio programmes including The Financial Times, The Guardian, Record Collector, Jazzwise, The New Statesman and Radio 4's Last Word. His previous books include Princes Amongst Men: Journeys With Gypsy Musicians (2005), More Miles Than Money: Journeys Through American Music (2010) and Miles Davis: The Complete Illustrated History (2012).


Travis Elborough has been a freelance writer, author and cultural commentator for nearly two decades now. His books include The Bus We Loved, a history of the Routemaster bus; The Long-Player Goodbye, a hymn to vinyl records; Wish You Were Here, a survey of the British beside the seaside and London Bridge in America: The Tall Story of a Transatlantic CrossingA Walk in the Park: The Life and Times of a People’s Institution was published by Jonathan Cape in June 2016 and described as ‘a fascinating, informative, revelatory book’ by William Boyd in The GuardianThe Atlas of Improbable Places, a collaboration with the cartographer Alan Horsfield and specially commissioned by the publisher Aurum, appeared in September 2016. In September 2017, the anthologies Being a Writer, co-compiled with the novelist Helen Gordon, and Our History of the 20th Century: As Told in Diaries, Journals and Letters, were published by Aurum and Michael O’Mara Books, respectively. Atlas of the Unexpected is published by Aurum Press this September.


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