Fopp: Why Buy Books from a Music Shop?

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.

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4 Responses to Fopp: Why Buy Books from a Music Shop?

  1. kaggsysbookishramblings says:

    They don’t have a branch locally, but I have popped into their stores in London, and I like the fact they stock some slightly more unusual stuff. Basically, I’ll buy books from anywhere! 🙂

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    • Jeff says:

      Two books for a fiver is good going too. They have a certain amount of non-fiction – stuff usually classified as ‘smart thinking’ elsewhere (I haven’t found out who sells not-so-smart thinking yet). The chain seems to aim a lot at leftists and the left-field. It always strikes me when I go in that they know their audience well.

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  2. Jonathan says:

    It looks like a good selection. The old Virgin stores used to have a small selection of ‘cool books’ such as Burroughs, Bukowski, Ballard, Bowles etc. as well as other authors whose surnames didn’t start with B.


    • Jeff says:

      I can’t believe how long the word ‘cool’ has remained cool. But I get the idea. All rather against the grain, to borrow from the title of a cool book (that, in a bit of trivia within a bit of trivia, appears at the end of a cool film).

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