Sir Elton John has urged people to support independent record shops through the coronavirus pandemic.
He said that the shops are a “vital” part of the community and the “life of music”.
Sir Elton made the address to his 2.8 million followers on Instagram.
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I know these are tough times but please try and support independent record stores through it. A lot of them have online stores that can deliver right to your home. Places like @roughtrade and @redeyerecords are so important to me and other music fans, please keep supporting them if you can.
He said: “Record stores are so important for the community, it is a wonderful place to visit.
“The people behind the counter are so involved in what they do, they’re such experts, they love it.”
He added: “Lots of these record stores are closed but you can support you local record store by buying online.
“We need these record stores to stay open. They are a vital part of the community, they are a vital part of my life.
“They are the life of music, I adore them and the people who work there are my heroes.”
Sir Elton added that had he not been a musician he would have liked to work in a record shop.