Record Revivals History

Record Revivals, one of Scarborough's oldest music shops, was launched in Victoria Road in 1982 by Rod Emms, who sold Used LPs and singles out of cardboard boxes.
As the business grew, it moved to Falsgrave Road and three years later transferred to the town centre at 7 Northway, in 2000 Rod moved over the road to 18 Northway sharing larger premises with Mojos Music Cafe. Record Revivals moved to its current premises along the road next to Stephen Joseph Theatre in June 2010.


After retiring in October 2017, Rod handed the baton to Paul Toole, who had run two of Scarborough’s most successful music venues, the Stage Door and the Talbot.

Paul says: “It’s an honour to take over Scarborough’s longest established record shop. Rod has created a unique business with a loyal customer base and I look forward to providing the same level of service. I think the secret of Record Revivals’ success is that Rod has always offered a great mix of old and new products, with the emphasis on the more niche genres of music, so it’s where people head to for jazz, blues, folk, world music, soul, reggae, prog, punk and indie on vinyl and CD. That’s certainly a lot more fun than dealing in mainstream music! I see the shop as Rod’s legacy and the prospect of taking the business to the next stage, while retaining Rod’s core values, is really exciting”