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Turn back the clock: the importance of Record Store Day

Friday, April 15: 2:51 p.m.
Posted by Greg Harris
Greg Harris, vice president of development at the Rock Hall

Tomorrow, April 16, is National Record Store Day. Across the nation, shops will offer special promotions and activities. As fellow music lovers, we encourage you to visit these stores to commemorate the day.  Digital downloads are convenient and here at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame we’ve embraced them while still loving physical records. In fact, yesterday we launched our first App (available at the iTunes store) and we will soon have a mix and burn station in our museum store. 

However, we need to pause and honor those who are keeping retail stores alive, in particular those that sell used vinyl and used CDs.  I’ve had a soft spot for these stores since first clerking in a used-record shop in the early 1980s.  In fact, the fondness grew so strong that another clerk and I jumped ship and opened up the Philadelphia Record Exchange. The store specialized in used out-of-print records and in indie labels and imports.  We focused on LPs while our pal across town, Val Shively, focused on 45s. It was a classic retail start-up. We built bins from plywood and stocked the shelves with our own collections. As we sold records, we bought ...


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The Beat Goes On

Wednesday, September 30: 4:52 p.m.
Posted by Greg Harris
Greg Harris, vice president of development at the Rock Hall

Over the weekend we commemorated the passing of a longtime member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Barry O’Brien was not a performer, producer or record executive.  He was a Fan. I attended his memorial on Saturday at the Beachland Ballroom with hundreds of family and friends. We were honored that his widow Janis and daughter Kirin invited the Hall of Fame to participate in this celebration of Barry’s life. There are so many things in this world that divide us but music has this incredible power to unite us and to build up a strong sense of community.

Barry loved rock and roll music and was a strong supporter of our nonprofit mission.  He was part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Family—he was a longtime member of the Roll Hall and helped us to celebrate the opening of the Museum some 15 years ago.  Just a few weeks ago he called us to reserve tickets to our upcoming Janis Joplin Tribute Event at Playhouse Square.

Passion for music connects many of us and we are honored to have been a part of Barry’s life and thrilled that he was part ...


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