From Rio to Finsbury Park: Gilles Peterson Donates Records to North London

Written by: Victoria Highfield

What better way to kick start 2017 than with a musical treasure hunt? With 100s of records being released from music legend Gilles Peterson’s record collection, vinyl enthusiasts – with a flavour for Acid Jazz – will need no more than a little patience and a good eye (or should I say ear) in order to track down one of the DJ’s prized possessions.

The discovery has come to light after the Guardian launched its new Facebook Live series last week; which sees journalist Kate Hutchinson infiltrate the homes of some of the UKs most prestigious record collectors. Where better to start than with DJ, radio-owner and North London local Gilles Peterson, who over the years has amassed a whopping 50,000 records split over three London locations, with his HQ residing on Brownswood Road in our very own Finsbury Park.

In the interview Peterson mentions that despite the therapeutic nature of collecting records, he, like many of us, has a resolution to de-clutter his mountain of music. Part of his new year’s cleanse involves regrouping his expansive collection into labels rather than artist name A-Z, which seems like a pretty mammoth task! It’s then that he drops a bombshell by announcing that he’s going to give away 100s of records to local charity shops in the Finsbury Park and Stoke Newington area over the next week.

Over the weekend my boyfriend and I embarked on the melodious quest set by The Roots signer and hit a few of our local charity shops that we thought might have been targeted – Oxfam and Mind on Stoke Newington Church Street, RSPCA on Blackstock Road and Crisis on Stroud Green Road. Unfortunately though ladies and gents we found nada, nothing at all, and it seems as though the legendary DJ hadn’t yet graced the shops with his presence. We took to Twitter to find out that the delivery of records won’t be until he’s back from Brazil, so we’re to hold on tight. For now.

New Crisis shop and cafe onto Stroud Green Road, North London, N4, clothes, furniture, accessories

However, here at North Four we believe the secret to any good athlete’s success is preparation. We’ve therefore compiled a list of all of the possible charity shops nearest Brownswood HQ that we think will have the drop. You’re welcome.

Musical Map guide

Stoke Newington:

Oxfam and Mind on Church Street

Diamond’s Lanes Charity Shop, Green Lanes

Finsbury Park:

Crisis on Stroud Green Road

RSPCA, Ingeus, Second Chance Charity Shop on Blackstock Road

Seven Sisters:

Sense and Scope on Seven Sisters Road

Holloway:

Oxfam and Shelter on Holloway Road

You can watch the full video with Gilles Peterson on the Guardian Facebook page.

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