WASHINGTON – Record collectors and music fans around the country will converge on their favorite independent record stores for Record Store Day on Saturday.
Some may camp out the night before to be among the few who get their hands on limited-edition vinyl records released for the event. Artists releasing material range from classic rock legends such as Bruce Springsteen to underground heroes Bad Brains.
“Last year we attracted about 300 people,” Bill Daly,owner of Crooked Beat Records,said. “I’ve been working 12 hour days putting out stock.”
Record Store Day was founded in 2007 as a celebration of independent record shops. It takes place the third Saturday of April.
“The whole experience of shopping for something and going through a variety of different titles,many of which I’ve never heard of before,is a great thing to do,” 62-year-old retiree Tom Carmichael said. “You learn a lot more about music,much more than going online.”
Neal Bectom,48,owns Som Records. His passion for record collecting began when he was given his first 45 rpm record as a child. That passion later led him to quit his day job at the Washington Post and open his own store.
Most independent shops cater to people who still want vinyl copies of music,Bectom said. Some,he said,prefer the sound quality over digital formats,others like the artwork.
Their preference as also helped keep some shops afloat during the down economy and the switch to digital music. Some stores are able to stay open because of this one day,Daly said. With current mainstream artists such as Lady Gaga putting out limited edition releases for the day,store owners hope more casual fans will be attracted to the world of record collecting.