Declan Lynch: We thought our golden age of vinyl would last forever
Maybe this is what the Mayans meant by the end of the world. The announcement of the closure of HMV was not in itself the final catastrophe, yet it seemed to add an official note of doom to something that had already happened – the end of the record shop as we have known it, and the once-mighty civilisation which it represented.
With HMV refusing to honour vouchers bought before Christmas, it would seem that the end really had come at the time suggested by that Mayan prophesy – being very civilised people, the Mayans would no doubt regard the end of a great culture as being "the end of the world".
Or, as many thousands of readers would have said to themselves last week: the end of my world, baby!