Record Store Day keeps music fans spinning
It seems music on vinyl may live forever, and on Saturday artists and fans around the world celebrated the independent stores that kept it alive.
The 12th annual Record Store Day started early in the Midlands. Local record fan Shaun Smith and his mother camped out at Papa Jazz Record Shoppe in Five Points starting Thursday night to be first in line for the big event.
The Record Store Day organization works with the music industry to arrange for special releases for the day, some in very limited quantities, hence the eagerness from the fans. Smith was far from alone. Long lines of people were on hand before the doors opened at the two local independent record stores, Papa Jazz and Scratch n’ Spin.
“I love RSD and always will,” Smith said. “One love, to the best record store in the world and the nicest people you will ever meet.”
Popular selections included new releases (or new versions of previous releases) from Bob Dylan, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, John Lennon, Charlie Parker, Pink Floyd, Aretha Franklin, U2 and many more.
With independent stores on every continent except Antarctica celebrating the day, many artists made in-store appearances to perform and sign albums, continuing a tradition started by Metallica at the first Record Store Day.