Tomorrow is Record Store Day with live performances, special releases and lots more to mark the ever stronger resurgence of vinyl
Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees in the US as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally.
The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. It is billed as a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities.
There are 46 stores taking part across Ireland including 19 Golden Discs outlets, both Tower Records and a host of independent stores from Dundalk in the North East to Dingle in the South West.
Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day.
On the first Record Store Day, Metallica spent hours at Rasputin Music in San Francisco meeting their fans and now each year hundreds of artists, internationally famous and from the block, flock to record stores around the world for performances, signings, meet and greets and to fill their own shopping bags with music. In 2009, Jesse “Boots Electric” Hughes (Eagles of Death Metal) declared himself the “Record Store Day Ambassador” as a way of shouting out how important the stores were to artists and since then Joshua Homme (Eagles of Death Metal, Them Crooked Vultures, Queens of the Stone Age), Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, Jack White, Chuck D, Dave Grohl, Metallica and St. Vincent have worn the ceremonial sash.
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