Dave Grohl Named 2015 Record Store Day Ambassador
Saying Grohl "pulls together the ethos and attitude of Record Store Day for artists and fans alike" and calling him "a legend whether at the mic with a guitar, behind a drum kit or in the director’s chair for a documentary feature film or HBO series," a Record Store Day press release announces the prestigious appointment and includes a few words from Grohl himself, which read as follows:
I found my calling in the back bin of a dark, dusty record store.
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.
Putting their music where Grohl's mouth is, the Foos are also contributing a special release to this year's Record Store Day -- a 10" four-track EP titled 'Songs From the Laundry Room' that collects previously unreleased demos, covers and songs. Like the rest of this year's RSD titles, it'll be out on April 18; for more information about the event and where to celebrate, visit the official Record Store Day site.
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