Quotes

  • 'Buy real records in real shops, or I'll come round your house and scream at your mother.'

    - Ian Gillan (Deep Purple)
  • 'Independent record stores are much more than the name suggests. They are an international community and platform where music has an outlet and an opportunity to grow over the long term, in a way that sincerely connects with community and culture. They are also a magnificent mob of highly opinionated musical bandits which I am proud to call my pals! 

    - Ben Harper
  • 'My local independent record shop (Honest Jons) is a library, where you can go to listen to music, learn about it, exchange ideas about it and be inspired by it. I think independent record shops will outlive the music industry as we know it because long term their value to people is far greater, because even in our era of file-sharing and blogs, you cant replace the actual look on someone’s face when they are playing something they really rate and think you should listen to it too. It’s special.'

    - Damon Albarn (Blur, The Gorillaz, The Good, The Bad & The Queen)
  • 'Record stores keep the human social contact alive it brings people together. Without the independent record stores the community breaks down with everyone sitting in front of their computers'

    - Ziggy Marley
  • 'dusty violin maker shop small corner record store water holes for dreamers don't stop breathe more'

    - The Record Store by Damien Rice
  • 'If it wasn't for independent record stores, I would be a San Fernando valley real estate agent.'

    - Fat Mike (NOFX)
  • 'The indie record shop is a global institution. It's a place that reflects history, the current state, and at times, can predict the future. Identities are formed and molded at record shops when one discovers an artist, an album, a genre, that moves them to no end. It's a venue for human contact; a social HQ for all music fans and fans of all music'

    - Sam Fogarino (Interpol, Magnetic Morning)
  • 'A proper record shop reminds us why we got into this in the first place - a place to be reminded of old friends, still in their spots on the shelves, a source of unexpected magic and lucid memories - a place that reminds us that music is more than dumb file sharing and the management of dead data by faceless sociopathic corporations, but a storehouse of dreams, both possible and impossible.'

    - Max Richter
  • 'My introduction to all this great music and to ‘the music business’ came from hanging around, and eventually, working at independent record stores. Nothing beats browsing in your favorite store, listening to music, finding something new or old that you’ve been searching for, all that. And without these stores, there’s just no way Wilco would still be around.'

    - Jeff Tweedy
  • 'The Independent Record Store is the reason why I STILL do music...It seems like they're the only ones that really care about the real music lovers...we need them...they're our balance to all of the music we are FORCED to listen to...they're the only ones that may still suggest something NEW and FRESH instead of just what's popular.'

    - DJ Jazzy Jeff
  • 'Every time I am in a different city on tour, I make a point to hit the indie retail record stores to see what they're spinning and selling, because I just LOVE being there...my own personal and sometimes anonymous church. You can't get that feeling sitting behind your computer, ever.'

    - Amanda Palmer (The Dresden Dolls)
  • 'There's nothing better than going into a record store and browsing the shelves. If it's an independent record store, that's all the more reason to support these folks who still make the music happen.'

    - The Bad Plus
  • 'I grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which had no shortage of amazing record stores. The hours I spent wandering about one in particular -Encore Records - was all time well spent. Speaking with clerks and customers, being introduced to music I never knew existed, and sometimes just looking at record covers - I enjoyed every aspect of the record store 'shopping' experience.'

    - Andrew W.K.
  • 'We’ve always respected the aesthetics of the “pure” record store, and the importance of knowledgeable staff who can recommend great stuff to you because they truly love music and know what they’re talking about, and are not selling vacuum cleaners or washer/dryers in the next section over.'

    - Steve Wilson