Opened in May 2018, Let it Roll Records repertoire covers an array of vinyl from under-discovered artists to the stone-cold classics.
Friendly and knowledgeable staff enjoy making recommendations from both new and second hand stock. Coffee, tea and soft drinks in the café area, with a kicking sound system!
LiR will be hosting record and book signings, and performances by DJs and bands. The 50m2 space can be hired out for events, with outdoor space in the back.
An eight minute walk from Camden Town and ten minutes from Kentish Town Station, metered parking directly outside and a convenient lamp post provides for the cyclists. If we don’t stock it when you come in, put in an order, and have a coffee on us when you collect.
Buyer Gary was born in Canterbury, Kent, just too late to see England win the World Cup but just in time for pop music to get interesting. He grew up hearing the glam sounds of Sweet, Mud, Suzi Quatro and that other fella we don’t mention now and was hooked!
Senior school happened between 1977 and 1983. Arguably the finest time in UK music history! Punk, New Wave, Post Punk, Industrial, Futuristic Pop even NWOBHM! It all went into that teenage brain and has stayed to this very day. Later experiments with Prog, Folk, Psych, Reggae and Soul led Gary to believe that there were only two types of music. Good and Bad!
This in turn led him to believe that a life with like-minded people in record shops might be something to keep him out of mischief. It also kept him in regular employment, up-front copies of cool albums and free gigs for nearly quarter of a century, most of that spent as a buyer in London’s famous Sister Ray.
After a few years exploring other musical avenues (playing, releasing, helping out labels etc) he‘s returned to his first love of buying and selling quality vinyl in an independent setting.
Hailing from Dublin, one of owner Kieran’s earliest gig memories was seeing a very young U2 and The Virgin Prunes performing in the Howth Community Centre for the princely sum of 50p. Playing with a local band was a brief but enjoyable foray into the music business, and it was a pure love of music that inspired Kieran to come to London to seek his fortune in the industry. Somehow he got distracted and for the greater part of his life, Kieran worked in TV as an arts and documentary editor, albeit spending most of his lunch breaks (and often weekends) hunting for records in the cool stores in London’s West End.
Using these places as inspiration he decided to open one himself in his Camden Town neighbourhood. Poacher now turned game-keeper, as it were, Kieran’s broad knowledge of dance, electronica, all genres of rock and soundtracks compliments those of Gary’s.
WHILE YOU’RE IN THE HOOD:
Check out … The Lazy Hunter, Crepes a la Carte, Caps and Taps, Arancini Brothers, Bintang, Anima e Cuore, Ramo Ramen, Kent Café and if you want a haircut check out Flaxonptooch, all on Kentish Town Road. Also there are plenty of great pubs around the area and The Forum is a legendary music venue which has hosted the likes of Jane's Addiction, My Bloody Valentine, The Knife and Robert Plant to name just a few. Just up the road from The Forum is the family owned Italian restaurant Rosella, another gastronomic delight! Good pubs, good food, good sounds, live music venues and book/record stores, This is a great cultural destination!