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Record Stores Celebrate With Over 100 Exclusives From The Rolling Stones To Tinie Tempah April 6, 2010

Posted by David W. King in Uncategorized.

On Saturday April 17, a thousand independent record shops across 18 countries and four continents – including 150 in the UK – will throw open their doors to celebrate Record Store Day.

The aim is to highlight the continuing contribution of indie stores to UK music.

To celebrate the day, organisers have worked with record labels to secure over 100 exclusive items which will only be available through participating Record Store Day stores.

This compares with the 31 exclusives – which all sold out – made available for Record Store Day 2009.

This year’s exclusives include:

* The Rolling Stones Plundered My Soul – 1000 copies on 7″ vinyl of a previously unreleased track from the legendary Exile on Main Street sessions;

* Tinie Tempah Pass Out – an exclusive 500 copy 7″ edition of the Number One hit single;

* Gorillaz feat Bashy,Kano & National Orchestra For Arabic Music White Flag – just 100 copies of a 10″ vinyl edition;

* The Cribs The Cribs – vinyl album with bonus early demos CD;

* Goldfrapp Head First- just 500 copies of their new album on cassette.

Alongside the exclusive product, shops will be organising a variety of special events for Record Store Day, all designed to celebrate the contribution made by indie stores to the music community.

Further details will be released shortly, but they are set to include:

* Rock ‘n Roll Face-Painting (anyone fancy looking like Kiss’s Gene Simmons?);

* Indie cake stall;

* In-store PAs;

* RSD after-parties.

UK Record Store Day coordinator Spencer Hickman – manager of the Rough Trade East store in London’s Brick Lane – said, “Last year’s Record Store Day was a huge success – not just as a ‘thank you’ to our existing customers, but also in helping us reach out to a new generation who may previously have associated music more with their laptop or mobile phone.

“Nothing can compete with the sense of community and passion for music you get in a real record store.”

Among Record Store Day’s supporters are:

Paul McCartney – “There’s nothing as glamorous to me as a record store. This is why 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.”

Bruce Springsteen – “I hate to see record stores disappear, and I’m old-school in that I think you should pay for your music. But what my kids do is download a lot of things, pay for them, and then if they love something, they’ll get the CD. That may be the future.”

Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips) – “The ‘cool’ record store. It is where you can talk to people who are like you. They look like you, think like you and, most tellingly like the same music as you – the only comparable experience these days would probably be an art museum – an actual place where you can stand and simply be surrounded by your heroes.”

Nick Hornby – ” Record stores can’t save your life. But they can give you a better one.”

For a full list of participating stores go to http://www.recordstoreday.com/Venues?country=United%20Kingdom


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