Eastern Bloc Records

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Eastern Bloc was established in 1985 by John Berry & Martin Price (from band 808 State). The shop was originally located in Afflecks Palace and since 2011 moved to its present location on Stevenson Square (5a Stevenson Sq, Northern Quarter, Manchester). It soon became a cultural icon and integral part within the Manchester music scene. Back in the late 1980’s, the shop helped to launch bands such as the Inspiral Carpets, while also hosting in-store signings with The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays