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Jack White Wants You To Know The Secrets Behind Record Store Day 2013

Record Store Day is happening this year on April 20th(yes, 4/20) and the RSD Ambassador for 2013 is Vinyl Record Champion and Protector Jack White(White Stripes, The Dead Weather, The Racontuers).  White has taken the vinyl release to new levels with his Third Man Records label so he is a natural fit to spread the RSD word.  In the video below, White takes us on a tour of a Record Plant and explains that there is more involved with supporting Mom and Pop Record Stores.  

Here's Jack White's Official Statement for Music Lovers:

Years ago someone told me that 1,200 high school kids were given a survey. A question was posed to them: Have you ever been to a stand-alone record shop? The number of kids that answered "yes" was... zero.

Zero? How could that be possible? Then I got realistic and thought to myself, "Can you blame them?" How can record shops (or any shop for that matter) compete with Netflix, TiVo, video games that take months to complete, cable, texting, the Internet, etc. etc? Getting out of your chair at home to experience something in the real world has started to become a rare occurrence, and to a lot of people, an unnecessary one. Why go to a bookstore and get a real book? You can just download it. Why talk to other human beings, discuss different authors, writing styles and influences?  Just click your mouse.  Well here's what they'll someday learn if they have a soul; there's no romance in a mouse click.  There's no beauty in sitting for hours playing video games (anyone proud of that stop reading now and post your opinion in the nearest forum).  The screen of an iPhone is convenient, but it’s no comparison to a 70mm showing of a film in a gorgeous theater. The Internet is two-dimensional…helpful and entertaining, but no replacement for face-to-face interaction with a human being.  But we all know all of that, right?  Well, do we?  Maybe we know all that, but so what?

Let's wake each other up.

The world hasn't stopped moving. Out there, people are still talking to each other face-to-face, exchanging ideas and turning each other on. Art houses are showing films, people are drinking coffee and telling tall tales, women and men are confusing each other and record stores are selling discs full of soul that you haven’t felt yet.  So why do we choose to hide in our caves and settle for replication?  We know better.  We should at least. We need to re-educate ourselves about human interaction and the difference between downloading a track on a computer and talking to other people in person and getting turned onto music that you can hold in your hands and share with others.  The size, shape, smell, texture and sound of a vinyl record; how do you explain to that teenager who doesn't know that it's a more beautiful musical experience than a mouse click?  You get up off your ass, you grab them by the arm and you take them there.  You put the record in their hands.  You make them drop the needle on the platter.  Then they'll know. 

Let's wake each other up.

As Record Store Day Ambassador of 2013 I’m proud to help in any way I can to invigorate whoever will listen with the idea that there is beauty and romance in the act of visiting a record shop and getting turned on to something new that could change the way they look at the world, other people, art, and ultimately, themselves.

Let's wake each other up.

That's pretty moving shit.  I just ripped off my shirt and started screaming at my CD collection.(In about 5 years we'll probably be having a CD Store Day)  RSD is actually one of the few things I'll get up early and wait in line for.  When the doors open it becomes a Geek Battle Royal.  A lot of bearded guys with glasses elbowing for position to get that limited release.  
 

As a music enthusiast I still love throwing a record on the turntable.  It's more of a listening "Experience" than listening to your iPod.  With vinyl you make a bit of a commitment to sitting down(or laying on the floor with headphones) and checking out the packaging and artwork while taking in the music.  Plus you only have about 20 until you have to turn the record over.  It keeps you engaged.  Unless you have one of those old school multi-album holders for your turntable.  

Please don't be this guy.  I love records, but...
 

For a list of participating Record stores and releases check here.

Enjoy!