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What happened when we took Mastodon record shopping

Mastodon take on the £50 record store challenge

"Usually, for me it’s about buying a band that I don’t know, especially when I was a kid. Record shopping always brings me back to my youth.”

Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher is thumbing through the vinyl selection in Rough Trade West in London’s Ladbroke Grove. Looking up, he spots the original gig poster for the Ramones, Talking Heads and The Saints at London’s Roundhouse from June 1977 on the wall above his head.

Kelliher, who was turned on to music as kid by American punk, with artists such as the Dead Kennedys, Black Flag and the Ramones fuelling his desire to form a band, lets go a low whistle. “Imagine getting a time machine to go back and see that gig,” he says.


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