If you don’t know what Record Store Day is, then let me break it down for you. It’s a day where every single gem (CD or vinyl; especially vinyl) goes on sale, whether it’s an old classic joint from the early 70s or even further back, up to today’s time, and every single independent record store worldwide (including the fans, as well as the original artists of the music, participates in the occasion. It’s basically the celebration of music, with TONS of promotional items to purchase!
The history of Record Store Day starts back as early as 2007, with members Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Don Van Cleave and Brian Poehner. Each year, they nominate ‘ambassadors’ for the occasion (2008: Metallica; 2009: Ozzy Osbourne; 2010: Josh Homme; 2011: Ozzy Osbourne (again); 2012: Iggy Pop; TODAY: Jack White (The White Stripes). Each of those years there was a re-release of rare gems in various forms (ex: this year’s Notorious B.I.G.‘s Ready To Die album on 2 x 12″ WHITE vinyl [2850 copies left]) .
In 2008, Record Store Day saw its first international appearance in the UK. thanks to England’s own Billy Bragg, who met Michael Kurtz randomly at an airport, and agreed to make an appearance. Today, RSD is celebrated all over the world, and if you don’t know where it’s being celebrated, check out the official RSD website and participate!
Mind you, Record Store Day is celebrated every 3rd Saturday of April, every year!