Music fans rejoice for today is Record Store Day, when we celebrate the contributions of independent music retailers worldwide. Since 2007 record stores have been banding together to combat their decline due to internet sales and digital formats and enticing shoppers, collectors and music fans of all stripes with limited edition releases and intimate in-store performances. If you grew up in the digital era it may take some explaining, but once upon a time you had to go to an actual store to buy your music which came on an actual physical record, tape or CD and if you were lucky the store was run by other music fanatics who would turn you onto great new sounds and albums that you might otherwise never have heard of. And it was AWESOME. Trust us.
We’ve already talked to this year’s Record Store Day Ambassador Chuck D of Public Enemy and Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, whose upcoming documentary Jaco is the Official Film Of Record Store Day. Today we’d like to honor the holiday by sharing with you an exclusive video of Aloe Blacc, A Great Big World and other artists sharing their first record buying experiences, as well as the VH1.com staff’s reminiscences of the same which can be found on the following pages. Whether you’re a casual music fan or a hardcore record collector, get out there today and support your local record store and indulge yourself in one of life’s great joys, the discovery of new music.