Saturday, April 17th Is 'Record Store Day'
April 13, 2010 at 4:37 AM (PT)
2009 was not kind to the music industry. The biz, already beat up from the preceding years of abuse precipitated largely (and arguably), from the industry’s quick-to-condemn/slow-to-adapt reaction to the digital age, was not immune. Whereas the great big chains (VIRGIN, TOWER RECORDS, MUSICLAND, et al) had reached their demise before the great big freefall, indie music retailers worldwide, reliant on passionate niche clientele, were also really starting to feel the burn as disposable incomes became, well, less disposable.
Enter RECORD STORE DAY, a now global event set this year for SATURDAY, APRIL 17th.
Notable/platinum-selling artists have rallied for the cause by issuing everything from quotable shots in the arm to doing in-store appearances and performances to releasing exclusive/special product for indie retailers.
For example, this year, BILLY CORGAN’s label, ROCKET SCIENCE will be doing an early release of their new album and performance to fans hosted by AMOEBA RECORDS in LOS ANGELES on RECORD STORE DAY. CORGAN says, "I used to work at an indie record shop so I'll always have a soft spot for the places where I still go to find the most vital music, whether new or still hidden."
Among other notable luminaries who have participated in RECORD STORE DAY in some significant way, shape or form, include PAUL MCCARTNEY, BOB DYLAN, METALLICA, RADIOHEAD, EMINEM, LIL’ WAYNE, JAY Z, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, WILCO, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and KANYE WEST.
For more information on exclusive RECORD STORE DAY events, products and participants, visit www.recordstoreday.com.