By Barbi Martinez, Blurt Intern
“I found my calling in the back bin of a dark, dusty record store.”
That would be Mr. David Grohl commenting on his being selected to be the 2015 official Record Store Day Ambassador, an honor that in the past has fallen upon everyone from Jack White to Public Enemy’s Chuck D. The annual event takes place this year on Saturday, April 18, at all cool independent indie record stores—the official announcement of titles being offered for 2015 will be made on March 10. Comments RSD cofounder Michael Kurtz, “It’s such a buzz to have Dave be our Ambassador this year and to have him put out a record in honor of Record Store Day. He’s one of those rare artists that dives into local communities and wallows in our charms and eccentricities. Yeah, we’re a little weird but we like it like that and apparently Dave does too. We couldn’t be happier.”
Grohl adds, in a burst of effusiveness, “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.
“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. 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.”
Amen, brother Dave. Check out a video of the vinyl fan at the RSD site.