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Record Store Day Rolls Around Again

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A global event which aims to celebrate the continuing contribution of music stores kicks off this Saturday.

Record Store Day will see a thousand record stores across 18 countries and four continents celebrate the event by offering more than 100 exclusive items.

Exclusive releases include 1,000 7 inch vinyl copies of the previously unreleased Rolling Stones song 'Plundered My Soul', recorded during the legendary Exile on Main Street sessions; 100 copies of a 10 inch vinyl edition of 'White Flag' by Gorillaz featuring Bashy, Kano & National Orchestra For Arabic Music; a vinyl release of The Cribs' The Cribs with a bonus early demos CD; 500 cassette copies of Goldfrapp's new Head First album; and 500 7 inch vinyl copies of Tinie Tempah's number one single, 'Pass Out'

There will also be a series of special events marking the day. These include rock'n'roll face-painting, indie cake stalls, in-store PAs and after-parties

The event, which was founded in 2007, has attracted support from several high-profile stars.

Paul McCartney said: "There's nothing as glamorous to me as a record store. This is why I'm more than happy to support Record Store Day and I hope that these kinds of stores will be there for us all for many years to come."

Wayne Coyne, The Flaming Lips' singer, said: "The 'cool' record store is where you can talk to people who are like you. They look like you, think like you and, most tellingly like the same music as you. The only comparable experience these days would probably be an art museum - an actual place where you can stand and simply be surrounded by your heroes."

Last year's Record Store Day saw the release of 31 exclusives, all of which all sold out.

UK Record Store Day coordinator Spencer Hickman, manager of the Rough Trade East store in London's Brick Lane, said, "Last year's Record Store Day was a huge success - not just as a 'thank you' to our existing customers, but also in helping us reach out to a new generation who may previously have associated music more with their laptop or mobile phone.

"Nothing can compete with the sense of community and passion for music you get in a real record store."

For a full list of participating stores go to

Richard Morris

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