Jarvis Cocker speaks out against demolition of Sheffield record shop

Pulp frontman says 'it would be a crime' to bring down the Rare & Racy store

Jarvis Cocker has spoken out against plans to demolish his local Sheffield record shop Rare & Racy, saying “it would be a crime to destroy it”.

Plans to demolish a row of shops on Sheffield’s Devonshire Street were approved by Sheffield Council last week (March 23), despite hundreds of protesters and a petition with over 20,000 signatures.

In a lengthy Facebook message to the #SaveDevStreet campaign, Jarvis Cocker called the shop a ‘global treasure’ and described being “entranced by the place when I first visited it with my mum”.

“It would be a crime to destroy it,” he continues. “Rare & Racy is one of the places I always tell people to visit when in Sheffield. That’s why it was important to feature it in our recent film ‘Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets’. It’s magic. Please don’t let this happen. Love Jarvis xxxx”

In business since 1969, the independent book and music shop on Devonshire Street neighbours independent clothing store Syd and Mallory’s Emporium, which provided costumes for the upcoming This Is England ’90 TV series.

Sheffield council’s decision would see both shops replaced with new developments.

Pulp recently spoke to NME about the likelihood of new material and future tours.

Talking to NME at the NME Awards in Austin, Texas, Jarvis Cocker said: “We’re very cloak and dagger about that, well, it isn’t cloak and dagger, we just don’t know! We’re not being mysterious, we’re just not very together.”

Watch the interview below.