Record Store Day: Please, Please Embrace It

[My column in today’s Metro Papers. – AC]

Every Tuesday, my mom made me come along to the big city when she took my sister for organ lessons.  But bless her heart, she agreed to drop me off at a nearby shopping mall so I could wander through Sam the Record Man for an hour or so.

In retrospect, those Tuesdays were hugely important to me. I learned so much, listening to the music on the store stereo; watching what other people were buying; flipping through the stacks of LPs and 45s; eavesdropping on the clerks and customers talking about music; hearing customers argue with each other about what was good and what wasn’t.

It was an amazing education. I was exposed to so much new music and so many opinions about it. I’ve spent countless hours — not to mention a significant amount of money — in record stores in cities and towns all over the planet.  And even though I now buy a lot of music online, I still frequent record stores as much as possible because I still love the communal and cultural experience of hanging out with other music nerds.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Record Store Day: Please, Please Embrace It

  • April 21, 2012 at 2:40 am

    One of the things I miss about the music business the most was buying vinyl on the product days (usually Thursdays) and sharing that retail space with other 'headz' from the industry. There were always the founding members of the Toronto dj community in the same line – and hopefully buying the same records – as I was. This was, in a way, better than seeing them live at a venue and eliminated any speculation because you could see and hear what they were buying right then and there. Then hitting up Amatos next door, enjoying a slice while we all checked out our vinyl pressings for breaks, liner notes and sub scripts around the inner circle. damn.


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