Selectadisc founder Brian Selby dies, aged 71

Tom Pakinkis

Founder of iconic Nottingham record shop Selectadisc, Brian Selby, has died aged 71.

Selby passed away at home in Cropwell Butler on Tuesday morning following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

As well as Selectadisc, Selby was also the founder of The Garage nightclub in Nottingham’s Lace Market, which is known as one of the first clubs to play house music in the UK.

Son Colin, 48, told This Is Nottingham: "We got him home from the hospice for four nights at home before he passed away. It was a big occasion for us as he got to spend his last days here with his family.

"He wasn't able to enjoy it like the rest of us but he did say 'thank God I'm home.'"

Colin said that Brian’s family is overwhelmed with the reaction to the news from around Nottingham and beyond. "He had a kind of cult following because of what he did with Selectadisc and The Garage,” he said. “He clearly affected a lot of people's lives."

Selby started to specialise in second-hand records after starting his first market stall selling bric-a-brac in Hucknall. Selectadisc's first permanent home was a small shop in Arkwright Street, The Meadows in 1969.

After leaving Arkwright Street during The Meadows regeneration of the 1970s Selby moved to several city centre locations, including a premises Goldsmith Street, managed by Phil Long.

"I'd been popping into the Arkwright Street shop and we'd chat about music and life, all sorts,” said Long. “He then asked me to manage the Goldsmith Street shop. It was opposite the Mogal-E-Azam where the Royal Concert Hall is now. 

"We kept in touch over the years. I last spoke to him in hospital a few weeks ago. Brian was a really generous and modest man who could make you laugh your head off. And despite all of his achievements he had no ego at all."

Selby opened The Garage nightclub in the Lace Market as well as a second nightclub in Leicester and briefly a restaurant and Browns bar in Hockley.

He sold Selectadisc, which included the London shop featured on the cover of the Oasis album (What's The Story) Morning Glory?, in 2008. 

Selby won numerous awards over the years as Independent Record Retailer of the Year.

Brian’s family plan to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

"In 40 years there has been little advance in treatment,” said Colin Selby. “In most cases once someone knows they have it, it's too late. And it's such a quick death.

“Dad's health was relatively normal in early June, although he had been suffering from a few pains in his stomach and back. The doctors couldn't find anything conclusive. By August he was in hospital with suspected pancreatic cancer."

A funeral service will be held next week. For more about the charity go to www.pcrf.org.uk.


Tags: independent music sector, death, High Street

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