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Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. There are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.
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. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.
While there’s only one Record Store Day a year, the organization works throughout the year to create contests, special releases and promotions in order to spotlight these special stores on the other 364 days of the year. These include the Adapter Prize—which honors releases chosen as “The Best” by store staff and customers and Back To Black Friday which gives record stores exclusive releases as part of the attempt to redirect the focus of the biggest shopping day of the year to the desirable, special things to be found at local stores.
Record Store Day is currently managed by Michael Kurtz and Carrie Colliton, in coordination with Michael Bunnell and Eric Levin. Folks wanting to contact Record Store Day are encouraged to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT OUR STORES AND THIS SITE
A Record Store Day participating store is defined as a stand alone brick and mortar retailer whose main primary business focuses on a physical store location, whose product line consists of at least 50% music retail, whose company is not publicly traded and whose ownership is at least 70% located in the state of operation. (In other words, we’re dealing with real, live, physical, indie record stores—not online retailers or corporate behemoths).
This website does include information on participating International stores, but this is primarily a US site, and the releases and promotions featured on this site are for US stores.
RECORD STORE DAY DISCLAIMER:
There are a lot of stores that participate in Record Store Day and are listed on this site. Those stores are all INDEPENDENT, which means not only are they not owned by a corporation, they aren’t run or influenced or told what to do by us here at Record Store Day either. They have complete control over their stock, store policies and which promotions they participate in. Any piece (commercial or promotional) that we tell you about on this site is available at some stores, but other stores have probably chosen not to carry them. Which is totally their prerogative. That’s why we tell you to be sure to CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL STORE. Being mentioned on this site should not be taken as a guarantee that something will be available at all stores listed on this site.
Record Store Day does not sell or rent their email list. Occasionally an offer or promotion may be passed along to members on the list, but these emails will come from Record Store Day. If you enter a contest on www.recordstoreday.com and do not check the box to sign up for our email list, we will not keep your information after a winner has been determined and verified, and it will not be given to anyone.
CONTESTS ON RECORDSTOREDAY.COM
Unless otherwise noted, only those who are over 18, with a valid United States physical address are eligible to win the contests on RecordStoreDay.com or on social media pages operated by Record Store Day US. All winners will be drawn at random from the final list of entries, and notified via email for verification of the physical address. If a winner does not respond within three days, a new winner will be notified. All entries are destroyed after a prize has shipped, so rest assured that your information is not being loaned, used or sold.
Record Store Day does our best to ensure their safety, but can not replace prizes damaged in shipping due to circumstances beyond our control.
This is the US website for Record Store Day. Due to customs rules and shipping restrictions, contests on www.recordstoreday.com and Record Store Day US social media pages are open to entrants with a valid physical shipping address within the United States.