Thurston Moore opens his own independent record store in London

96 CHURCH also stocks posters and merch, and functions as a gallery.

Thurston Moore

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Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore has set up his own pop-up record store in Stoke Newington, north London, opening yesterday (5 February).

96 CHURCH has been launched in collaboration with underground comic artist Savage Pencil (Edwin Pouncey) as well as with head of Soho Music and Zippo Records Pete Flanagan.

The store won’t just sell records, either, also boasting an inventory of posters, art, books, vintage t-shirts and memorabilia. It will also serve as an art gallery.

Writing about the launch on Instagram, Moore said that “96 CHURCH will be curated with all the energy and love we have for our local community and our passion for creative activism. While it is entirely idealistic to open up shop in a climate of demagoguery, we approach it with respect to our awesome neighbourhood.”

The store will be open every day from 5 February to 14 March, although Moore promises it will “keep on keepin’ on” if it’s met by success.

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