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Charity case: finding gold at the end of the vinyl slush pile in charity shops

A secret history of music might be traced through the records that are left behind. As independent record shops and chain megastores alike close by the week, charity shops are filling some of the gaps left in the high street – what used to be damp caves of unwanted cha-cha and James Last chancers, are now key places to discover exotic and unheralded, lost and unlikely music.

Dedicated bargain hunter Ian Penman joins Derek Walmsley on Adventures In Sound And Music to discuss his best (and worst) scores in charity shops, boot sales and other gilded palaces of junk – from rare finds to illuminating quick buck compilations to long deleted numbers with a story to tell. This is the canon time (deliberately) forgot, a crate digging drift through the off key and unmourned, the plain daft, the sometimes strangely poignant; a cache of misplaced music ready to be found again.

This edition of Adventures In Sound And Music will be broadcast online and at 104.4 FM in London, on Resonance FM, on 28 March, 9pm–10:30pm.