My Music Life: Juliette Goldfinch

Juliette GoldfinchClassic rock, unfolding Post-Woodstock and during the “British invasion” that was The Who, The Stones and The Beatles (which in my view was the rose in the crown for the era) captivated my adoration of music and was reason enough for my music encyclopedia of a father to buy me an RP1 turntable for my 19th birthday, despite my vinyl collection being established from a much younger age. As my sweet tooth for the 1970s era of psychedelic, progressive and blues-y rock n roll grew, so did my admiration for Pink Floyd, and what I view as their ‘stages’ spearheaded by varied themes of non-being and anti-establishment seen throughout their repertoire (both pre and post Syd Barrett!). My favourite album, coincidentally entering 40 years since release last week, is Animals. It also happens to be an album gifted to me after a engrossing conversation with a (similarly music enthused) record store owner about vinyl as the mother lode of music consumption, and how it still holds an important place in the contemporary era of digital streaming. Unbeknownst to me, the album came with a sorrowful letter describing its late owner, a man with a penchant for the same musical era, and the very special request that the album be thoroughly cherished. I dearly hope I have fulfilled such a request.

My favourite record store, Rough Trade, has its roots as an indie label that started in late ‘70s London. It now operates as a live music venue and cafe in which I frequented while in New York City, although the store is still headquartered in London. The fortuitous time spent at 64 North 9th St in Brooklyn resulted in me buying the very unique 1969 picture disc LP of Robert Plant on the 20th August 2016, which happens to be both of our birthdays. Back home in Sydney, my collection otherwise consists of Motown and the various formations of Michael Jackson, as well as everywhere from Yes, The Doors, to The Supremes and Beastie Boys.