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Celebrating Rainbow45, the Turkish record shop keeping the prog scene alive

Salih Karagöz is behind the record shop-turned-label that’s helping to keep Turkey’s prog scene going

From a hobby to a successful business; that’s the story of Rainbow45 in a just a few words. But in an era when record shops are struggling, this one located in Turkey stands out as a triumph.

“I worked in an office for 15 years,” says Salih Karagöz. “My passion, though, was collecting vinyl. Then, in 2011 I quit my job and decided to start my own record store!”

While this might seem like a crazy idea, Karagöz made the decision to use his personal horde of more than 2,000 albums to get the business off the ground.

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