Iggy Pop Named Rec Store Day Ambassador

 

Meanwhile, VINYLMANIA:
When Life Runs At 33 Revolutions Per Minute, a film by Paolo Campana, chosen as
the Official Film of Record Store Day 2012.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Record Store Day has announced the appointment
of Iggy Pop as this year’s official Ambassador. The annual event happens on
April 21. Let’s see what Iggy has to say about this:

 

 A person should have a personality. You
won’t get one dicking around on a computer.  It helps to go somewhere
where there are other persons.  Persons who are interested in something
you are. That’s how a record store or any shop that’s got some life to it
should work.  It’s not about selling shit. I got my name, my musical
education and my personality all from working at a record store during my
tender years. Small indie shops have always been a mix of theater and
laboratory. In the 50’s and 60’s the teen kids used to gather after school at
these places to listen free to the latest singles and see if they liked the
beat. You could buy the disc you liked for 79 cents and if you were lucky meet
a chick. Clerks in these places became managers, (like Brian Epstein),
label heads, (Jack Holzman) and Faces on album covers (like me). Personally I
feel best in a store that, while staying small and socially relaxed, still
keeps a complete variety of music types and non musical recordings on
offer. I’m aware though that a lot of great places are genre-specific,
like dance hall shops in Jamaica
or Compas here in Little Haiti.
In Europe and on the West coast the same goes
on for Punk and Goth. All of this is cool and has a much bigger future than
most people realize today. When the record and record store businesses began to
die at the turn of the new century, they deserved it because they got too big
too boring and too plastic.  

 

As Record Store Day Ambassador for 2012 I feel
like a representative from some exotic jungle full of life and death and sex
and anger, called upon to wear a leopard skin and translate joy to the
world of the dead.

 

Record Store Day has also announced
their selection of VINYLMANIA: When Life Runs At 33 Revolutions Per Minute,
a film by Paolo Campana (75″,
2011) as the Official Film of Record Store Day 2012. Produced by Stefilm in
coproduction with Lato Sensu and ZDF in collaboration with ARTE, Vinylmania is described as “a tour through the
grooves of an object that has never lost its soul, investigating what makes it
so legendary in a world dominated by liquid music: Nostalgia? Possession? The
search for an idenitity?” 

 

More details, on events,
performances, screenings and releases are forthcoming. The Record Store Day
website is www.recordstoreday.com 

 

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