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Wrecking Ball Music and Books is an independent retail outlet that sells new and used vinyl, the entire Wrecking Ball Press catalogue and an extensive range of books from independent publishers. You can also purchase music and book related merchandise and gig tickets from us.

Our mission is to place the perfect vinyl and books into the hands of music lovers and readers. We appreciate the tactile and tangible feel of books and records, the best words on the page and the unique sound of vinyl.

We stock an extensive range of books and vinyl crossing all genres and we specialise in items not normally found in high street chains. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can offer advice and also track down rare items for you. In-store events include readings, appearances by musicians and authors, as well as book and record signings.

The independent retail outlet is a joint venture between Wrecking Ball Press founder, book lover and music fan Shane Rhodes and concert promoter and music junkie Gary Marks. The success of the enterprise is down to the decades of business experience, enthusiasm and knowledge of both partners.


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Wrecking Ball Arts Centre

Wrecking Ball Music & Books at 15 Whitefriargate, Hull, is also home to the Wrecking Ball Arts Centre.

Ideally located and the perfect space for arts and cultural events, this first-floor city centre venue, with a licensed bar and capacity of 110, hosts book launches, spoken word, poetry, theatre, performance, live music, quizzes and film screenings. Wrecking Ball Music & Books also plays host to arts events in our fully accessible ground floor venue, in-store book signings and launch events and the store’s ground floor is also home to the Wrecking Ball café.

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Wrecking Ball Music & Books also has a ‘shopfront’ at bookshop.org, the online bookshop with a mission to financially support local, independent bookshops.

Bookshop has created an easy, convenient way for you to get your books and support independent bookshops at the same time. By purchasing your books from the Wrecking Ball Music & Books bookshop.org shop, you will be supporting us, as we will receive a percentage of the cover price. Your order is sent straight to your address, and all in-stock items arrive in 2-3 days.

Our bookshop.org shop includes recommendations by the team at Wrecking Ball, along with lists of the books that have inspired our writers. While we shine a light on the books that we stock in our ‘bricks and mortar’ bookshop and Wrecking Ball Press titles, readers are also able to purchase books that we don’t stock, and support us, and other independent bookshops, at the same time.

Visit out bookshop.org bookshop at https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/wreckingball or search for a book below. Happy shopping!