Eugene Manzi, record shop owner at the heart of Camden’s music scene

Jun 09, 2020 218

BY: Mike Baess

CAMDEN and music business legend Eugene Manzi, who ran one of the borough’s greatest ever record shops, has died aged 76. In the late 60s through till the early 80s Manzi Records in Finchley Road, Swiss Cottage, was one of the hippest record shops in London, stocking hard-to-find American imports and specialising in soul and the then popular rock and underground music.

His knowledge of music was unrivalled and it led him not only to running the London office of American music label Beserkley but in the early 1980s being offered the prime job of head of press at London Records.

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