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Behind the Counterculture #38: Anthony Head

Forget Buffy, Little Britain and even instant coffee. Anthony Head has lost his CDs.

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by Lake, Editor, London for outsideleft.com
originally published: May, 2006
Anecdotes from Behind the Retail Frontline
by Lake, Editor, London for outsideleft.com
originally published: May, 2006
Anecdotes from Behind the Retail Frontline

Back in the early 1990s Anthony Head came into the shop with a list of his CD collection. They had been stolen in a burglary at his flat down the road. It was the usually terrible stuff - Eagles, Dire Straits, U2, etc. Back then, in pre-Buffy days, he was best known as the male half of an intensely irritating television coffee advert couple. He'd also been in a revival of the Rocky Horror Show and released a single from it. I don't know if he ever got his CDs back but we helpfully stuck a copy of his record sleeve up behind the counter with a "Stop Thief!" speech bubble drawn coming out of his mouth.

Behind the counterculture is a recurring series of celebrity encounters or near encounters in or close to a West London used book and record store.

This is the last in the online series of "Behind the counterculture". The full set including many previously unrecorded episodes will appear as a stocking filler sized book in time for Christmas. We plan ahead.

Behind the counterculture episodes compiled by Lake

Previously on Behind the Counterculture Bobby Gillespie ⇨

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the first journalism Lake ever had published was a history of Johnny Thunders for Record Collector magazine, since then he has written for publications including the Guardian, Dazed and Confused, the Idler and more recently, outsideleft.com as you have just seen.

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