Whenever you’re in or near Glasgow, perhaps contemplating the many secondhand bookshops, you might on your trip to Hillhead consider popping into Fopp (though there’s other stores nationwide too). Now hold on, you might object, Fopp sells music. Well, that’s true. But it also stocks books that are in keeping with the complexion of the musical interests.
I generally have a browse and buy some CDs, stuck in the mud as I am with doggy technology. You know how it is. When you’ve spent thousands on your hifi, why would you put up with grainy audio compression when you can enjoy shimmering reproduction from linear audio? People who have built their music collection on the castle of sand that is MP3 have my condolences. As an aside to this aside, I’m also amazed at seeing expensive headphones getting plugged into mobile phones. Shurely shome mishtake, as Private Eye would say.
Anyway, and back to books, the point about music is that Fopp differs from generalist stores by concentrating on niches and independent suppliers. It’s the place to go for music that sits somewhere between outright obscurity and the charts. Yet in all these years I’ve never paid much attention to their bookshelves. I’d rather assumed that their books related directly to music and film in order to back up CD and DVD/Blu-Ray. This is not the case. As you can see from my pictures, there’s a mix of modern classics and the contemporary, and, most interestingly, pretty competitive pricing. Not bad at all. Well worth a visit.