PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Record stores across the county celebrated Record Store Day on April 13.
Portland’s legendary record shop Music Millennium on East Burnside was one of the shops observing the 12th annual celebration of the unique culture of independently owned record stores.
Owner Terry Currier said he and the heads of other independent music coalitions approached the record industry with the idea for Record Store Day in 2007 as a way to push back against the increase of online music sales.
“‘Hey we would like to have this cool day and would you make us unique content on vinyl that we can sell for this day?’ And the first Record Store Day there was 50 releases and this year there was 450 official releases and about another 100 unofficial releases,” Currier said.
Among the special edition vinyl and CD releases was a 50th-anniversary tribute to Woodstock.
Music Millennium had gift bags and refreshments for customers and there was a live performance by the band Minus 5.