STAFF at Reading's oldest vinyl record store are hoping to hear your stories of gigs, festivals, record shops and more from the late 70's to late 80's.

Adrian Moulton and Mike Warth, staff at Harrison Arcade's The Sound Machine, announced their plans to write a follow-up book to 'When Reading Really Rocked', their memoir of rock music and culture in Reading from 1966 to 1976.

Following the sell-out success of the last book, the authors are now looking to find fresh accounts and memorabilia from 1977-1987, asking residents to share their tales of playing in local bands, stories of going to gigs, festivals, venues, and any memorabilia and photos taken of the time.

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Adrian Moulton, author and record store staff, said: "The first book covers the 'beat-boom' and through psychedelia, and the second books covers all that was going on in Reading during the time of punk, New Wave, New Romantics and through the synth pop era into the late 80s. We're kind of chronicling the changes that took place.

Adrian Moulton

Adrian Moulton

"We used Reading as a template for a typical British town. Although local scenes differ, what was happening in Reading was happening right across the UK.

"The idea is to give a snapshot on what what happening on the ground during that tumultuous era in music. The 80s were a total cultural melting pot of ideas and this new book should reflect that."

Mr Moulton explained that he plans to chronicle as many of the music events that took place within the 10-year span, in order to "find a pattern", as to how the music scene developed.

This is as well as including stories and memorabilia from locals who remember the scene.

When asked about some of the key moments in Reading's music history during this time, Adrian said: "One thing which had a big effect on Reading and people's attitudes to music was Live Aid in 1985.

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The Sound Machine

The Sound Machine

"This was massive at the time, and had a huge impact on everyone in Reading - so much so that Reading bands organised their own take on it, produced their own record and did a free concert at the old Smallmead Stadium.

"There were all sorts of benefit gigs, including the After Dark club where a weekly benefit gig for the wives of miners on strike, and a whole variety of causes were happening all the time."

To get involved, email, or speak to Mike or Adrian in the Sound Machine, Harris Arcade, Friar Street, Reading.

To buy the original 'When Reading Really Rocked', visit