Record Store Day
About Record Store Day
When is Record Store Day? This holiday is celebrated the third Saturday in April
Record Store Day is today. It celebrates the iconic record stores that peaked in the 1960s and 1970s but still exist today. Their decline is due to evolving technology. Yet, they continue to exist in competition with easily downloaded music from the internet and other audio mediums. Like other brick-and-mortar stores, they have survived in part by adding online Estores.
Music defines the culture of each generation. Like any technology, the record industry has seen a huge evolution and succession of record formats over the past 60 years. In today’s high-tech world, digital downloading of music has all but replaced physical records in any format. As downloading of music has grown in use, record stores have declined in numbers. Major chain music stores have disappeared, along with many independent stores. It is only fitting, that today we celebrate the hundreds of independently owned record stores that remain and the culture they represent, even as they dwindle in number.
The Ever Changing Audio Format
Record formats have changed with the times and technology. First came 78 rpm records, composed of shellac and other materials. They were replaced by 33 rpm and 45 rpm vinyl records. The record industry reached its peak in the 1960s and 1970s. These records were bought by the millions for every hit song or album.
Like every product, it slowly became obsolete, as new recording formats with better sound quality and more record storage capabilities came on the market. First, there was beta and audio cassettes. The pace of the decline of vinyl records seriously increased with the arrival of audio CDs. Then, Ipods hit the market by storm, as digital downloading of music arrived on the scene. Digital downloads of songs onto a wide variety of devices has all but eliminated the existence of any physical records.
What audio medium is next? well, we will just have to wait and hear.
How to Celebrate in Record Store Day
Here are a few ideas on how to celebrate this holiday:
- To celebrate Record Store Day, step back in time and visit your local record store before they all disappear. The few that survive will evolve their product line to fit a digital world.
- Support them, by purchasing a record or two.
- Record stores recognize and celebrate this day with special events and store specials on sale.
Today's Noble Quote
“In the end, the love you take is equal to the love your make.” – – Sir Paul McCartney
History and Origin of Record Store Day
This holiday event was first created in 2007 by the folks at recordstoreday.com
While the objective is to celebrate independent record stores, it’s okay if you patronize a chain record store.
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