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30 years as a Saturday Boy at one of the greatest records stores in the world… Dobells talk by Brian Peerless

After a brilliantly successful private view last week, yesterday evening members of the public, customers and staff of Dobell’s Record Shop were treated to a lively talk by Brian Peerless who worked at the legendary venue Dobells from 1962 to 1992.

Brian told the audience his personal history of Dobells, having been ‘Saturday boy’ for 30 years,  through amusing anecdotes and a toe tapping soundtrack, ably assisted by Leon Parker (British Record Shop Archive) as CHELSEA space DJ for the evening.


Above: Leon Parker of the British Record Archive as CHELSEA space’s DJ for the evening awaits his cue for the next track from Brian Peerless

Above: CHELSEA space’s audience listens to Brian Peerless talk about his time at one of the greatest record shops in the world – Dobells.

Brian shared stories about the regular characters including celebrities and Soho locals who would come to the shop as well as his adventures with the Dobells team to jazz venues and on band tours. The Record Shop with the Club Atmosphere was remembered and the Sound of Dobells rung again at CHELSEA space.

Above: Brian Peerless shows the audience the record sleeve for High in a Basement, recorded by Doug Dobell in New York, 1971 for his 77 label

Above: The audience are given Dobell’s record shop bags with the famous record sleeve artworks. A playlist created by Leon Parker (British Record Shop Archive) of the records on the bag can be listened to through this link http://open.spotify.com/user/lpmale/playlist/6njteabRKbWrmNUMKnAIci

Above: While telling a record related story, Brian Peerless holds up the relevant vinyl sleeve

The next talk at CHELSEA space to celebrate our Dobells Jazz Folk Blues exhibition will be held on Wednesday 15th May 6.00 – 7.30pm. We are privileged to have renowned music photographer David Redfern talk about his extensive career. David has photographed all the greats including Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Dusty Springfield, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Hendrix and Dylan. In our exhibition, you can see David’s photographs commissioned by Dobell’s from the 1967 Newport Jazz Festival in London. 

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COMING UP: Talk with Brian Peerless

Our next event is a talk with Brian Peerless on Wednesday 17th April 6.00 – 7.30pm, to coincide with the current exhibition at CHELSEA space, Dobells Jazz Folk Blues.

Brian Peerless who worked at Dobell’s record shop from 1962 to 1992 will give his unique perspective on this legendary venue.

If you would like to attend this event please RSVP to info@chelseaspace.org

The event takes place at CHELSEA space.  Free admission.