RECORD STORE DAY: THE MOST IMPROBABLE COMEBACK OF THE 21ST CENTURY - BOOK
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In 2007, record stores were told that they were over, relegated to a footnote in the history of modern music. Instead of reading their own obituary, a bunch of record store owners decided to throw a party with their friends, some of whom happened to be among the greatest musicians and bands around. In the past fifteen years, that party has grown, exponentially and worldwide, becoming the largest single-day music event in the world, and accidentally relaunching the vinyl format, a physical medium that saw its greatest sales in three decades last year, and challenges streaming services for supremacy with music fans. How did that happen? Who were the people behind it? Why did they succeed beyond all odds? Record Store Day – The Most Improbable Comeback of the 21st Century tells this story in the voices of the people who founded Record Store Day and the people who make up a record store: those who run them, those who shop in them and those who make the music they love in them. Larry Jaffee is the cofounder of Making Vinyl and a New York-based journalist (larryjaffee.com), whose writing has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Billboard, among numerous other publications. When not listening to music on vinyl, Jaffee teaches writing and journalism at local colleges. Michael Kurtz is the co-founder of “Record Store Day,” conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1,400 independently owned record stores in the U.S. and thousands of similar stores internationally. In addition to co-founding Record Store Day, Michael Kurtz serves as the President of The Department of Record Stores (The DORS), the largest coalition of independent record stores in North America.
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