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As you stroll down Monks Road, headphones on, vinyl spinnin’ from a nearby open window, the music will make you feel and think. The artists’ soul and passion will mean something to you

Monks Road really exists. I was born and raised there - a one mile stretch of middle England that to my child eyes represented the entire world. There was nothing beyond it.

Here it represents my hoped-for world again. A world where the artisans, poets and musicians roam the streets - celebrated for their craft. There's no genre boundaries, just a desire to keep the craft in music while the world hurtles towards convenience. Mindful music.

That’s why we have started Monk Road Records. To bring the artists back home in an industry that was making it impossible for them to showcase their talent. To use all that skill on our doorstep. And to breathe new life into the industry.

As one of the Artisans said to me:
“This is all I know how to do. This is me. There’s nothing more.”

I just sat there thinking I have to make this work. So here goes.

Richard Clarke

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