Dave Grohl Pens Must-Read Love Letter To Vinyl Records

davegrohl

Record Store Day. The one day of the year that brings music fanatics together to celebrate the very thing we love most, music.

Organisers have announced that the glorious day of appreciation will be held on Saturday 18th April, and they’ve also named their ambassador, and it couldn’t be more fitting, Foo Fighter mastermind, music obsessor and all-round nice dude Dave Grohl, as Rolling Stone (viaRecord Store Day) reports.

For those who’ve yet to participate on the magnificent day of sonic love, Record Store Day is a special event held each year across the globe which sees vinyl stores host a range of special events, from live gigs, musicians stopping-by to sign records, the sale of all things musical, but most importantly, there is a vast range of special and rare records sent to record stores for sale – which usually sees a lot of consumers go a little crazy.

Having been bestowed the honour as Record Store Day’s 2015 international representative, Grohl has posted both a heartfelt statement and video, detailing the importance of buying vinyl, as well as recounting the very first piece of wax he bought.

“1975’s K-Tel’s Blockbuster 20 Original Hits by the Original Stars featuring Alice Cooper, War, Kool and the Gang, Average White Band and many more, bought at a small record shop in my suburban Virginia neighborhood, it was this record that changed my life and made me want to become a musician,” Grohl pens. “The second that I heard Edgar Winter’s ‘Frankenstein’ kick in, I was hooked. My life had been changed forever. This was the first day of the rest of my life.”

Speaking proudly of Record Store, he continues, “I believe that the power of the record store to inspire is still alive and well, and that their importance to our next generation of musicians is crucial. Take an afternoon (and some hard earned lawn mowing money) and please support them,” Grohl writes. “You never know, it might change your life forever, too.”

You can read Grohl’s full love letter and video to Record Store below:

“I found my calling in the back bin of a dark, dusty record store.

1975’s K-Tel’s Blockbuster 20 Original Hits by the Original Stars featuring Alice Cooper, War, Kool and the Gang, Average White Band and many more, bought at a small record shop in my suburban Virginia neighborhood, it was this record that changed my life and made me want to become a musician. The second that I heard Edgar Winter’s “Frankenstein” kick in, I was hooked. My life had been changed forever. This was the first day of the rest of my life.

Growing up in Springfield, Virginia in the 70’s and 80’s, my local independent record stores were magical, mysterious places that I spent all of my spare time (and money) in, finding what was to eventually become the soundtrack of my life. Every weekend I couldn’t wait to take my hard earned, lawn mowing cash down for an afternoon full of discovery. And, the chase was always as good as the catch! I spent hours flipping through every stack, examining the artwork on every cover, the titles and credits, searching for music that would inspire me, or understand me, or just to help me escape. These places became my churches, my libraries, my schools. They felt like home. And, I don’t know where I would be today without them.

More recently, I’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to rediscover this sense of excitement, that magical feeling of finding something all one’s own, by watching my kids go through it. Let me tell you: Nothing makes me prouder than watching my daughters spin that first Roky Erickson LP one of them picked out for their very own on one of our weekend trips to the record store. Or to watch the reverence they have as they handle their Beatles vinyl. How carefully they replace the albums into their sleeves, making sure they’re placed back onto the self in the proper sequence. Watching them realize how crucial and intertwined every part of this experience is, I relive the magic of my earliest experiences with vinyl singles and albums, their artwork, liners notes etc. all over again and again.

I believe that the power of the record store to inspire is still alive and well, and that their importance to our next generation of musicians is crucial. Take an afternoon (and some hard earned lawn mowing money) and please support them.

You never know, it might change your life forever, too.

Dave”

This article was taken from the Tone Deaf website

Eil.com has lots of Record Store Day rarities still in stock, for full list click here

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply