Record Store Day Book Traces Vinyl’s Return from the Dead

“Record Store Day: The Most Improbable Comeback of the 21st Century” charts the remarkable comeback of vinyl records over the past 15 years.

Posted: 02/16/2022

Record Store Day: the most unlikely comeback of the 21st century

New York, NY (February 16, 2022)—Written by Pro Sound News/Mix contributor Larry Jaffee, Record Store Day: the most unlikely comeback of the 21st century will be released in bookstores and record stores on April 12, 2022. The volume traces the remarkable return of vinyl records through the prism of Record Store Daythe annual April event where major and independent labels release ultra-limited edition vinyl records to help drive customers to independent record stores around the world.

Released to coincide with the 15th of the eventand anniversary, Jaffee’s book provides the official story of how Record Store Day was conceived and launched in the mid-2000s as record stores and pressing factories closed at a bewildering rate. Throughout, insights and anecdotes are provided by organizers, the record store community, musicians and more, illustrating the triumphs and difficulties that have occurred along the way.

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While the 214-page book will hit retail with a 12″ deluxe hardback edition and a thick matte paperback edition on April 12, there will naturally be a special edition released on April 23 – Record Store Day 2022.

Limited to 1,100 copies and available only at independent record stores, the “ThinkIndie x RSD + Vinyl” edition will come with an exclusive compilation LP of performances recorded live at record stores across the United States, featuring Paul McCartney, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Billie Eilish, Brandi Carlile, Imagine Dragons, Jason Isbell + the 400 Unit, Justin Townes Earle, Regina Spektor, Frightened Rabbit, Mudhoney and Jose Gonzalez.

Jack L. Goldstein