Record Store Day: Jack White goes public with his vinyl fetish
By Alex Baker
This Saturday, April 20 has been officially proclaimed as International Record Store Day. Music fans everywhere are encouraged to close down their iTunes, Pandora and Spotify apps, and visit their local record shop to hunt down some vinyl. To help ensure the occasion’s success, indie-garage rock guitar hero Jack White has been named as the official ambassador for the 2013 Record Store Day. The ex-White Stripe follows in the platform-booted heels of proto-punk Godfather, Iggy Pop who previously held the honor.
Record Store Day is a global celebration that’s been observed every third Saturday in April since 2008. Past Ambassadors have also included Metallica, Ozzy Osborne, and Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age.
This year more than 388 bands and labels are readying special releases and reissues for Record Store Day; including Aerosmith, Sub Pop Records, Bob Dylan, Soundgarden, Kill Rock Stars, REM, The Gaslight Anthem, The Black Keys, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, and countless others.
“We need to re-educate ourselves about human interaction and the difference between downloading a track on a computer and talking to other people in person and getting turned onto music that you can hold in your hands and share with others,” White explained White in a statement on recordstoreday.com.
“The size, shape, smell, texture and sound of a vinyl record; how do you explain to that teenager who doesn’t know that it’s a more beautiful musical experience than a mouse click?”
To help encourage the mood, the inimitable Mr. White created this video of himself touring behind the scenes at a record plant in Nashville. Its pretty amusing and certainly made us wanna go out and buy some vinyl. Check it out and we hope to bump into you at the record store on April 20!
If you want more information on Record Store Day, including a complete list of planned releases and participating shops, visit Record Store Day online.