Record Store Day is an annual event which is celebrated on a Saturday in April. In 2008, it was celebrated on Saturday, April 19th and in 2016 it was celebrated on April 16th. The purpose of this day is to celebrate the independent record store and the culture surrounding it. The first Record Store Day was inaugurated in 2007.
History of Record Store Day
Inaugurated in 2007, when Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Brian Poehner and Don Van Cleave decided at a record store owner’s meeting that a national day celebrating record stores and the atmosphere around them should be established. While the first year didn’t get a lot of media attention, the 2008 Record Store Day did due to the Metallica unofficially working as ambassadors for the day. Over the years, it continued to get more media attention as artists such as Wilco, Disturbed, Killswitch Engage, Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Grohl, Death Cab For Cutie, the Deftones and Jack White either appeared at various record stores during this event or were official ambassadors of the holiday. The 2013 Record Store Day was credited with increasing U.S vinyl record sales to their highest levels in recent history. However, while it has received credit for helping to give the record industry and the record store industry a boost, it has also been criticized as catering too much to record collectors.
Record Store Day Customs & Traditions
Each record store that celebrates this event holiday does so in its own way. After all, the event is supposed to embody the individuality of each store and show off their importance in their community. Some record stores do this by given away special promotions such as rare records, music memorabilia or concert tickets. Some stores also offer special musical performances by either local or national bands.
When is Record Store Day?
|This year (2020)||April 8 (Wednesday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2021)||April 17 (Saturday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2019)||April 13 (Saturday)||Multiple dates - more|