Conceived by Chris Brown and founded in 2007, Record Store Day is the celebration of the originality that surrounds more than 700 independently owned record stores in the United States alone and the hundreds of similar stores internationally. This the ultimate opportunity for independently owned record stores to come together with artists simply to celebrate music!
Buyers and sellers of new and used vinyl, Academy Records is one of the largest record stores in New York City and is honored to be participating in this year's event on April 21.
There is a great selection of special vinyl, CD releases, and various promotional products that are made exclusively for this one day. You may even find your favorite artist making a special appearance across the United States and various countries across the globe.
Festivities for the event include special performances, cookouts, body painting, meet and greets with artists, parades, DJs and more. It is sure to be an all out musical spectacular. For their participation, Academy Records will be releasing seven records out of their Brooklyn store. Many of these releases will be re-issues of old African rock and soul from the '60s and '70s.
Record Store Day officially began on April 19, 2008 with Metallica at Rasputin Music in San Francisco and has sucessfully grown to be celebrated the third Saturday in April. The event is currently managed by Michael Kurtz and Carrie Colliton.
The staff at Academy is already hard at work ordering the best selection of the many limited edition titles available for record store day. They will also have their own limited edition Afro-funk 7" by the Apsotles on the Academy Lps label. Visit Academy Records on April 21 and enjoy Record Store Day 2012.