Record Store Day a big draw
Vinyl lovers were out in droves Saturday, the seventh annual Record Store Day.
Hundreds of independently owned record stores, including Back Street Records in Indiana, took part in giving music fans the chance to nab special, limited edition albums, CDs and DVDs.
For organizers, one major coup this year was to score its very own Record Store Day ambassador in Jack White. The former member of White Stripes isn’t taking his title lightly either. He already runs Third Man Records, a music store in Nashville, and is inviting customers to record themselves on wax.
He debutted a refurbished 1947 Voice-o-Graph that will allow people to record up to two minutes of themselves on a 6-inch disc on a machine that is the only one of its kind available to the public.
Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 as a way to celebrate the culture of the more than 700 independently owned record stores in the U.S. and thousands more internationally. Released for the event were limited-edition vinyl recordings by Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Doors, Frank Zappa, Grateful Dead, David Bowie and more.