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Iggy Pop Named Record Store Day Ambassador

Thursday, January 26th 2012 12:30

The hellraiser will help raise the profile of April's event

Set to take place on 21 April, Record Store Day celebrates independent record stores around the world and it is traditionally marked by artists releasing limited edition vinyl and CDs plus in-store performances.
 
In a statement on the Record Store Day website Iggy Pop says:
 
"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."
 
You can read his full statement HERE 

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