“The introduction of the available recording to the public had opened and webbed the sounds of the world across the planet long before the www. It has been influential to the creators of so many of the greatest recordings as well, sort of a second rite of passage after the live radio or TV performance,” said Chuck D in a letter posted to the Record Store Day website.
In the letter he goes on to talk about the record store as “the connection point” between listener and artist, a cultural influence, and a place to gather with fellow music lovers.
Record Store Day was started in 2008 to celebrate independent record stores. According to the Record Store Day about us page, “this is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities.” For the occasion, artists release exclusive vinyl albums and CDs. Some stores also have special live performances, guaranteeing a full day of music and celebration.
A list of this year’s releases has not been announced yet.
“In this age where industry has threaded the music sound with virtual sight and story I am honored to be called upon to be Record Store Day Ambassador of 2014” says Chuck D in the letter. “With the masses, neck bent into their smartphones, let all of us music lovers GPS our way into a reality that is the Record Store. It's worth a great try, let's do this...”
Record Store Day 2014 is April 19. To find out more about Record Store Day, visit the event’s website.