Eastern Bloc carrier bag from around about 1989. From my mate Rob Woods’ extensive collection.
Text on bag reads -
Earwig Co-op Records introduce their new shop, Eastern Bloc. The Eastern Bloc majors in the independent labels releases and fills the gaps with only the best of the rest. Why support the big boy Tory shops like the plaza and precinct brigade when you can support the real alternative service at the Eastern Bloc. We have installed a headphone booth so you can check your records before you purchase. We will gladly stock your own tape, record, fanzine and will provide a noticeboard for your own posters, gig information etc. Eastern Bloc has no interest in being just another boring music supermarket we want to put the interesting and creative music in the foreground where it rightfully belongs. Why buy that spoilt yuppie another expensive speedboat? Come and check out the shop that puts you and the music first, no need to wade through all the shit to get to the good stuff at Eastern Bloc.
Eastern Bloc, Unit 1, Afflecks Arcade, 33-35 Oldham Street, Manchester.