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Record Store Day: A music lover’s favorite holiday

Get ready, fellow vinyl enthusiasts: Record Store Day 2014 is upon us.

For those poor souls who are unaware, Record Store Day began in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and bring vinyl culture back into the public eye.

Graphic by Samantha Rorke.
Record Store Day with records galore. Graphic by Samantha Rorke.

There’s only one Record Store Day a year, and it’s always celebrated on the third Sat. in April. This year, Record Store Day will be held on April 19.

To celebrate Record Store Day, special vinyl and CD releases are made available by famous and well-loved bands exclusively for the day. This makes the appeal of coming out for Record Store Day far more exciting and worthwhile, as the music you purchase will most likely never be made available again. It’s possible to own a piece of music history through this holiday.

There are many musicians that support Record Store Day. From Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits and Wayne Coyne, to Lil’ Boosie and Jack White, there are hundreds of supporters of this well-loved holiday in the music industry.

One well-known supporter is a living piece of history: Paul McCartney. “There’s nothing as glamorous to me as a record store,” said McCartney. “I’m more than happy to support Record Store Day and I hope that these kinds of stores will be there for us all for many years to come.”

For those of us residing here in the NRV, finding a participating record store is more difficult since the closing of the only local store, Crossroads Music of Blacksburg, Va., in 2011. If you don’t mind a bit of a drive this Record Store Day, head to Cheap Thrills Records in Princeton, WV. It’s just one hour on the road, which is entirely worth it if you’re able to get your hands on any record from this year’s release list.

This April, clear your calendars, save up your paychecks and head over to your local independent record store so that you too can stock up on these analog pieces of music history.