International, youth, events… Record Store Day perpetuates the passion for music

Record Store Day, this unmissable event for independent record stores launched by Calif (Action Club of French Independent Labels) and supported by the Ministry of Culture, is every year the promise of surprising encounters, new sessions and other events of all. around an object that has become a cult: vinyl.

For the first time in 2022, the event, which has won over a loyal audience and convinced the major labels of the music industry, aims to attract an international audience this year. With, therefore, a name change, “Disquaire Day” becomes “Disquaire Day / Record Store Day”, and the election of an impressive ambassador of the American pop scene, Taylor Swift.

Record Store Day is more than 170 exclusives, including Blondie, Maria Callas, David Bowie, The Cure or Ennio Morricone & Chet Baker…

Discover musical nuggets

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In Taylor Swift’s eyes, independent record stores are ” Sacred places “, directed by ” true music lovers “, which must be supported at all costs so that they remain” open, unique, eccentric “. Behind this authentic declaration of love, the pop icon of the American scene does not forget that they have met” hard times » and welcomes an initiative such as Record Store Day, specifically for « perpetuate the passion for music “.

So it’s time to discover the fantastic collections of this musical heritage available in record stores. This year, more than 170 exclusive and unpublished references will be offered to the public on the occasion of Record Store Day, including more than 40% of independent labels and distributors. Among them, we will find vinyl by David Bowie, Blondie, Maria Callas, Ennio Morricone & Chet Baker, The Cure, L’Impératrice, Peter Tosh, The Rolling Stones, Patti Smith or, of course, Taylor Swift. A most eclectic choice to satisfy, among other things, the curiosity of the youngest.

Culture Pass, recovery plan, creative cultural districts…

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With nearly 1.7 million users, the Culture Pass, which allows young people aged 15, 16, 17 and 18 to benefit from a credit of 300 euros to discover a cultural offer, is a preferred means of attracting a young public to record stores. And record stores are playing the game: nearly 200 of them offer exclusive deals, including Culture pass outlets.

Faced with competition from large retailers and online sales operators, the Ministry of Culture multiplies initiatives, such as the Creative Cultural Districts scheme, which supports, as part of the recovery plan, the development of cultural businesses, including independent record stores . Or the support provided by the National Music Center (CNM) to record companies.

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