Ever since the first one in 2008, Record Store Day
has grown from a single day annual event to a year round celebration/promotion of the world's locally owned, independent record stores. RSD has grown rapidly by focusing attention on the institution that was once the center of the musical universe for artists and their fans.
2008: RSD is born
Photo by Tim Whitby / Getty Images
• About 300 record stores in the US and a handful in the UK participated in the first Record Store Day
hosted the official launch, at Rasputin Music in Mountain View, California.
• You could count the number of special RSD releases on your fingers.
• It turned out that 2008 was a boom year for vinyl record sales
, which were nearly double the previous year's and were the most in any year since Nielsen started compiling sales data in 1991.
2009: Growth spurt
RSD in L.A. 2009 (photo by Andy Sternberg / LAist)
• Remember the year before, when there were fewer than a dozen special RSD releases? In 2009 there were nearly 90.
• Eight more countries join in, and more than 1,000 stores worldwide participate in the second RSD.
• American Idol
devotes a segment to RSD, and it is Record Store Day in New York City, by official proclamation of the mayor.
• Artists make RSD appearances in about 500 stores, among them: Bob Dylan
, The Stooges
, Tom Waits
2010: Once is not enough
2011: You read the books, now see the movie
RSD 2011 at Amoeba San Francisco (photo by Kaitlin, courtesy Amoeblog)
• The numbers continue to grow: 600+ artists make in-store appearances, stores in nearly three dozen countries are now participating, there are 150+ special RSD releases, including two dozen by classic rock artists
attributes a spike of more than 180,000 records the third week of April directly to Record Store Day.
• A feature length documentary about RSD, Sound It Out
debuts at SXSW.
2012: Five years old and all grown up
There were more than 400 RSD special releases, and a new weekly chart based on sales in independent record stores in the UK was launched. The first Official Record Store Chart
was released the day before RSD.
2013 - RSD #6
Among the hundreds of exclusive RSD releases for 2013:
- The Doors - 7" vinyl "Soul Kitchen", and hardcover edition of John Densmore's book, The Doors Unhinged
- Country Joe & the Fish - 12" vinyl I Feel Like I’m Fixin' to Die, remastered from the original source tapes
- The Animals - 10" (45 rpm) vinyl "The Animals Is Here" and "The Animals Are Back"
- Paul McCartney and Wings - 12" vinyl Maybe I'm Amazed live version originally released in 1976 as a radio promo single
- Cream - Live at the Royal Albert Hall three-LP deluxe set