While thousands rush to get bargain basement prices on electronics, toys, and other brand name merchandise on Black Friday, Record Stores are encouraging people to avoid the commercialism of the day by stopping in to their independent stores. While stores won’t be offering huge price cuts or bargains, you can still look forward to special releases on rare and limited edition records. Record Store Day celebrates the art of music, worldwide.
Record Store Day brings together artists, musicians, and record stores, alike. 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 festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists,
parades, djs spinning records and more. Metallica officially kicked off the first Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is celebrated each year on the third Saturday every April.
Starting in 2010, Record Store Day jumped on the bandwagon with large retailers, taking advantage of people’s enthusiasm for shopping on the day after Thanksgiving by introducing Record Store Black Friday. On Black Friday this year, shoppers can grab releases from Rolling Stones, My Morning Jacket, The Lumineers, Skrillex and The White Stripes.’
Some of our favorite specials from Record Store Day Black Friday 2011 include:
- The Beatles – The Singles Box Set – 7″ vinyl box set
- Crowded House – Intriguer Live: Start to Finish – Double CD/DVD
- Miles Davis – Miles Davis Quartet – 10″ vinyl