April

Record Store Day

April 10th Record Store Day

The Record Store Day is celebrated on one Saturday every April and also every Black Friday in November. The day aims to celebrate the culture of independently owned record stores. This day also brings together fans, music enthusiasts, artists, and independent record stores from all over the world.

About the Record Store Day

The Record Store Day celebration is all about music. Independent record stores are shops that sell different kinds of music in different formats. There are lots of these all over the world. However, with the technology that we have today and as it continues to become more advanced and sophisticated, more and more people seem to neglect record stores. The Record Store Day wants to turn this around. The day wants to make people take a step back and look at records sold on Record Stores.

History

At its roots, the Record Store Day was only an idea to make an event similar to the Free Comic Book Day, which was pioneered by Bull Moose Music’s Chris Brown and Criminal Record’s Eric Levin. Record Store Day was founded in 2007 by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Brian Poehner and Don Van Cleave, and is now celebrated at stores around the world, with hundreds of recording and other artists participating in the day by making special appearances, performances, meet and greets with their fans, the holding of fund raisers for community non-profits, and the issuing of special vinyl and CD releases along with other promotional offerings to mark the occasion.

Record store Day

Dates

As mentioned earlier, the Record Store Day is always celebrated on one Saturday in April. For this year, the chosen date of celebration for the event is April 10.

Why Celebrate

One good reason for you to celebrate this day is that by doing so, you are able to show your support for record stores. The business may have been dwindling for them. But you might just be able to help turn this around.

Celebration Ideas and Activities

The following are the best things to do to make your celebration of the Record Store Day as best as it can be:

Support Your Local Record Store

One good idea for your celebration of this day is to support your local record store. You might want to pay them a visit and buy some records that you would be delighted to listen to.

Collaborate with the Local Record Store

If you’re a local music artist, then perhaps you can make a plan with your local record store and take the day to meet and greet with your local fans.

Celebrate on Social Media

You can also take your celebration of this day on social media. You can, for instance, use the hashtag #RecordStoreDay to let your friends and followers know that you are also participating in the celebration of this special day.

Quotes

  • I was introduced to lots of great music through my local record store. It was a place where people knew music and they knew me, and could make great suggestions and discoveries. Whether it is in the physical world or on-line, the value of a great and knowledgeable record store has not gone away – Peter Gabriel
  • Independent record stores are like a casino where you put down your money and you always win. How amazing to discover gems you didn’t know about, to meet someone more passionate than you are, and to feel at home in a place you may never have been to before. I’m convinced they will never lose their place – Long may they rule. – KT Tunstall
  • The idea of, ‘The journey is the destination’ is put into action by browsing in an indie record store. Besides, a human being is a much better guide than a ‘More Like This’ link on the internet. – Patton Oswalt
  • It’s important to keep indie record stores alive because their unique environments introduce music lovers to things in a very personal way.- Norah Jones
  • I don’t think radio is selling records like they used to. They’d hawk the song and hawk the artist and you’d get so excited, you’d stop your car and go into the nearest record store. – Herb Alpert
  • Even as a kid, if I would come across something cool in the record store, that would be how I found out about bands. It’s kind of the same way these days. In a way even less because there are no record stores to go to anymore. – Scott Ian
  • I did find some time to go to a record store and check out “Headstrong” actually in the racks. It was pretty cool; I never thought I’d see my own CD sitting there with everyone else’s. I made my Mom take lots of pics! – Ashley Tisdale
  • Immersing yourself in the environment of a real record store where music is celebrated and cherished adds real value to the experience of buying music. In some ways, that retail experience is as important as the music. – John Mellencamp
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