This Saturday is a very significant day for record lovers worldwide.
It is 'Record Store Day'. A day that was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding independently owned record stores in the US and Internationally.
The first 'Record Store Day' took place on April 19th 2008 and since then, like sales of records, the day has grown and record stores in New Zealand and around the globe celebrate the rebirth of vinyl.
In whatever city you grew up in the 60s, 70s and 80s. the record store was the place you headed to buy the latest 45 or LP Release from your favourite group or singer.
I still have a bundle of 45s in my collection from the 60s that are still in their original paper sleeves complete with advertising logos from the time.
Here in Tauranga, you headed to Tracks Records, Jim's Music Room or Universal Records in Wharf St.
Sadly they have all gone. However, all is not lost.
If you love vinyl, a must visit record store is Real Groovy Records in Auckland.
Situated on Upper Queen Street, Real Groovy was one of the first and longest running true record stores in New Zealand.
It's been independently owned since 1981 and stocks more than 80,000 new and pre-loved records.
The shelves are packed with vinyl. Everything from the latest releases from today's hot artists like Ed Sheeran and Adele to classics from the likes of the Beatles and Rolling Stones, to name just a few.
If you're a music lover of no matter what genre of music, you will find a favourite without a doubt.
Some of the highlights of this year's 'Record Store Day' include a release by Led Zeppelin called Rock and Roll Friends, three records from David Bowie including a special live performance recorded in London in 1978, plus limited album releases from Duran Duran, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac and Van Morrison and many more recognisable artists.
With releases like that it's no wonder vinyl sales worldwide continue to grow as the converted go back to their turntable and the next generation falls in love with the sound of vinyl.
Happy Record Store day!