Rough Trade at 30: the indie pioneer that begat Britain’s biggest record shop

Many happy returns to Rough Trade, the pioneering indie label, which celebrates its 30th birthday next week. Thanks for some of the best indie bands of all time, particularly The Smiths, Arcade Fire, British Sea Power, The Fall and Cabaret Voltaire, to name but a few.

Geoff Travis started the label out of the old indie shop in Portobello Road in West London. My happiest memories are of the hours of subterranean bliss i spent in the sister electronic music shop in Covent Garden (right). Both are sadly defunct, but there’s a super new store off Brick Lane in the east end of London to to hunt for the best in underground and forward-thinking music. Many happy returns to you all.

BTW, if you can’t make the shop there’s a 30th anniversary CD for sale. Includes Island Hopping, a mellifluous little ballad from the late Joe Strummer.