Record Store Day, the one magical day out of the year all music lovers look forward to. It is our Christmas, our birthdays & our anniversaries combined. It is the one day all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. 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. Record Store Day is proud announced that IGGY POP has been appointed Record Store Day 2012 Ambassador.

A person should have a personality. You won’t get one dicking around on a computer.  It helps to go somewhere where there are other persons.  Persons who are interested in something you are. That’s how a record store or any shop that’s got some life to it should work.  It’s not about selling shit. I got my name, my musical education and my personality all from working at a record store during my tender years. Small indie shops have always been a mix of theater and laboratory. In the 50’s and 60’s the teen kids used to gather after school at these places to listen free to the latest singles and see if they liked the beat. You could buy the disc you liked for 79 cents and if you were lucky meet a chick. Clerks in these places became managers, (like Brian Epstein), label heads, (Jack Holzman) and Faces on album covers (like me). Personally I feel best in a store that, while staying small and socially relaxed, still keeps a complete variety of music types and non musical recordings on offer. I’m aware though that a lot of great places are genre-specific, like dance hall shops in Jamaica or Compas here in Little Haiti. In Europe and on the West coast the same goes on for Punk and Goth. All of this is cool and has a much bigger future than most people realize today. When the record and record store businesses began to die at the turn of the new century, they deserved it because they got too big too boring and too plastic.

As Record Store Day Ambassador for 2012 I feel like a representative from some exotic jungle full of life and death and sex and anger, called upon to wear a leopard skin and translate joy to the world of the dead. –IGGY POP

Mark your calandars! Record Store Day is April 21, 2012. To check out if your local record shop is a participant of Record Store Day, click the link on the side or click HERE.

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