'I don't expect HMV to ever go out of business': Doug Putman on the music chain's bright future

Andre Paine

HMV’s new owner is having sleepless nights.

Two months on from the audacious deal that saw off rival bidder Mike Ashley, and stunned the High Street retail sector as much as the music business, Doug Putman has taken on another life-changing challenge in quick succession.

“I’ve been rocking my baby to sleep every night, so I haven’t been listening to too much music to be honest with you,” says Putman, whose tastes lean towards ’70s soft rock (Fleetwood Mac, Supertramp) ...

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