Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore has teamed up with two friends to launch a pop-up record shop in north London.
The Daydream Library Series and Ecstatic Peace Library on 96 Church Street is a joint venture with underground comic artist Edwin Pouncey (Savage Pencil) and Pete Flanagan, who heads Soho Music and Zippo Records. As well as selling records (obvs) and the usual posters, art, vintage tees, and memorabilia, the store will also function as a bookshop, art gallery, and underground newspaper outpost.
The records are chosen by Flanagan and his son Jim, who Moore describes as “two of the great British record collector/dealers of the last 30 years”.
Moore said on Instagram: “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 ship in a climate of demagoguery, we approach it with respect to our awesome neighbourhood.”
“We imagine it as a refuge space where we can welcome every one, musicians, poets, artists, and lovers of a non-discriminatory now.”
Opening today (February 5), the shop is open every day until March 14, but Moore says, “if it works, we’ll keep on keepin’ on”. You can find the store on 96 Church Street in Stoke Newington, London.
In the meantime, read about the time we gave Moore a tarot card reading here.