Record Store Day celebrates vinyl

Record Store Day: The biggest selling albums in indie shops of the last year

Record Store Day: The biggest selling albums in indie shops of the last year

Record Store Day, which is celebrated Saturday from coast to coast, celebrates the brick-and-mortar spot where people have long gathered to thumb through vinyl records.

Community members rally together for Old Towne Strings' weekly Hootenanny to play together while they browse the record selection.

The annual event, celebrating Britain's independent music shops, sees a number of exclusive albums and EPs reissued or released for fans to buy and support local record shops.

"A lot of people got rid of their records back in the 90s thinking it's not going to come back", Owner of Old Towne Strings Ty Striebel describes.

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"We prepare those releases to people can know what's for sale today and put them on their wish list", said Jon Berger, who works on the Record Store Day website. Third Man Records is a Nashville based record store that has a mobile store. Both stores will offer one-of-a-kind special releases unique to the event including a cassette version of AC/DC's "Back in Black", a yellow-vinyl 7-inch remixed single of Led Zeppelin's "Rock And Roll" (the band's first offering for Record Store Day), releases from Frank Zappa, John Williams, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, David Bowie, The Doors and many more. The following year, Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes declared himself the "Record Store Day Ambassador" as a way to show how important the independent records stores are to the artists.

Even HopCat joined in on the Record Store Day celebration.

Vinyl album sales have increased over the past 12 years, comprising 8.5 percent of all physical album sales in 2017 - up from 6.5 in 2016. Vinyl sales made up 14% of all physical album sales past year and the top sellers included the Beatles, Ed Sheeran, Pink Floyd and the soundtrack to La La Land.

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