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In Honour Of Vinyl and Record Stores by Zachary, Teen Blogger


The world recently celebrated Record Store Day, created to celebrate the slowly disappearing independent record store with live music and special music releases. How did the Record Store and the music industry change?

Almost immediately after the entrance of the CD in 1982 on the competitive music market in 1982, vinyl records slowly lost their popularity. They almost became extinct, and the introduction of the online mp3 certainly didn't help. Much to the surprise of the music industry though, sales of vinyl increased by 14 percent in 2011, with around 2.8 million units sold. This is a new record for vinyl sales since 1991, according to a report released by Nielsen SoundScan (a company that counts music sales).

Last year, the highest selling vinyl album was The Beatles, whose "Abbey Road" (with the hits Come Together, Octopus's Garden, Here Comes The Sun & You Never Give Me Your Money), sold 41,000 copies, up from 35,000 in 2010 and 34,800 in 2009.

The top 10 selling vinyl albums of 2011, according to Nielsen SoundScan, are as follows:

1. The Beatles - Abbey Road (41,000)

2. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (29,700)

3. Bon Iver - Bon Iver (27,200)

4. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More (26,800)

5. Radiohead - The King of Limbs (20,800)

6. Adele - 21 (16,500)

7. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago (16,200)

8. Wilco - The Whole Love (14,900)

9. The Black Keys - Brothers (14,200)

10. The Black Keys - El Camino (13,800)

In 2007, Record Store Day was founded, celebrating the unique culture surrounding independent record stores. As Chuck Berry (yes, the famous guitarist) said: "Music is an important part of our culture and record stores play a vital part in keeping the power of music alive."

As a result, Record Store Day celebrates this concept by bringing together fans, artists and the over 700 independent record stores across the world. This year over 200 artists, including Odd Future, Shabazz Palaces, David Bowie, The Clash and Mettalica released special, limited edition vinyl records.

In the Halifax area, I think we have an extremely beloved record store, Taz Records, that has been a Halifax mainstay for over 25 years. It has been voted the Best Music Store in Halifax and the Best Used Music Store by the Coast alternative newspaper for the last 7 years. They have a huge inventory, with over 35,000 LPs, 10,000 CDs & 30,000 7 inch singles, and all the genres you can imagine.  

If you want to find out more about these greats or the music, check out these books at your local library!

Zach's Picks:


Writing Gordon Lightfoot- book cover

The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones- book cover

The Indie Band Survival Guide- book cover









Writing Gordon Lightfoot : the man, the music, and the world in 1972 by Dave Bidini

The Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones : sound opinions on the great rock 'n' roll rivalry  by Jim DeRoga

The indie band survival guide: the complete manual for the do-it-yourself musician  by Randy Chertkow & Jason Feehan.

Janis Jpolin - book cover

 Cindy's Pick:

Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing by Ann Angel


In Honour of Vinyl written by Zachary, Teen Blogger

Cindy's Pick by Cindy, Staff Blogger


  • The Lie Tree
  • The way he lived
  • A drop of night
  • Thief of lies
  • Defender
  • Character, driven
  • Every young adult's break-up survival guide
  • Hidden gold
  • The heart of stone
  • The last boy and girl in the world
  • The epidemic
  • I see reality
  • Finding Hope
  • Under the Dusty Moon
  • Flawd
  • Dark energy
  • Hot pterodactyl boyfriend
  • Harmony House
  • Burning
  • See no color
  • One of us
  • A tangle of gold
  • It should have been a #GoodDay
  • Beautiful broken things
  • The radiant road
  • Speak a word for freedom
  • When we collided
  • Hit count
  • Fig
  • The beast of Cretacea
  • Essential maps for the lost
  • Queen
  • Exit, pursued by a bear
  • The Raven King
  • Breakaway
  • The forbidden orchid
  • The young adult's guide to public speaking