Hey rockers! Today I am gonna show you the heaven that shines through the foggy weather of Ankara. It is a place which is called “Shades” that has been operating by Süleyman Özyıldırım since at the beginning of 90’s. The record store that is peciluar to itself is an oasis in Tunalı Street. When you step forward to Tunalı Passage it is not possible to neglect this gem which is the arsenal of old records that are invaluable to the people who love to listen songs on record player. This is a special place for us because the owner of that store has an outstanding knowledge about the music in many genres like rock n roll to classical music. He even knows all the subcategories of those genres which makes him a kind of expert.
When you start the conversation regarding any bands or musician with him he probably has a few or much more notion of those bands/artists. This is a circumtance that makes you comfortable while you are in there because as a human being we have a tendency to share mutual tastes to gratify ourselves. Mr. Özyıldırım and his store is important for the rockers of Ankara as late 80’s and 90’s are the most fruitful times for rock music because of the rock bands like Dr. Skull, Hazy Hill and Pilli Bebek. Those are the rock bands that were formed in Ankara to revive rock music. In that era Mr. Özyıldırım has helped them to reach the people who enjoy rock music and the people who were not familiar to this music to introduce them. As I understood from my meeting with him and the people who wrote about him and his place I can easily say that he is known for his kindness and hospitality towards to the people who come to the store. When you enter the store your coffee/tea is ready with his warm smile.If you want to buy any records for your record player or have any conversation regarding rock music and its genres this place is for you guys. Whether he does know you or not, he will treat you as a person that he knows you for years like old friends. He is talkative and approachable which makes you to buy at least one record. I have to confess that even I don’t have record player I really wanted to buy record for his kindness and courtesy.
For Information: 0 312 426 59 00
Adress: Tunalı Hilmi Street, 95/37, 06680 Çankaya Ankara