As you can tell from the title, the idea of having a day in the year when we celebrate our, erm, record stores, has come to us from the USA. Though no one, not one single person here in Britain would call a record shop a ‘record store’ in my experience. OK?
Dig Vinyl. In the basement of Soho’s, Bold Street.
Having made that clear the day, whatever it’s called, is this Saturday, 19th April. And a joyous day it should prove to be too. Here’s how it describes itself:
“This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, meet & greets with artists, DJ’s, in store quizzes and many other events.”
Well, spare me the quizzes, but for me this last year has been one where record shops have returned to my life in a big way. Since rediscovering the joys of vinyl last summer I’m back on familiar record flicking terms with all the best record shops and market stalls within a 30 mile radius of home. Peacefully searching through their LPs for old favourites and new gems. Continue reading