Tuesday, January 15, 2013

When did HMV go wrong?

HMV has finally gone into administration. It seemed inevitable to some. The question though isn't what went wrong but when.

Ask your students what they know about HMV and other record/music stores. The, ask them to talk about how they changed with records, tapes, CDs and DVDs.

When they have discussed the changes for, show them/share the link and let them go through and chat about the pictures from 1937 to 1973 with a partner or group.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/gallery/2013/jan/15/hmv-oxford-street-store-gallery#/?picture=402391610&index=11

Then, show each one and elicit comments.

Afterwards, ask these questions:

1)What were the big changes in the photos?
2)Have music shops changed much since the first photo?

Now, move onto the failure of HMV and ask groups to talk about what they should have done and when. Give them 5 minutes.

Elicit ideas and discuss the following:

Is there any future for high street music shops?
If so, in what form?

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