Lee Hillman, of Backbeat Records in Nambour, is covered for today’s International Record Store Day.
Lee Hillman, of Backbeat Records in Nambour, is covered for today’s International Record Store Day. John Mccutcheon

Where music goes round and round

DROP your smartphone down the toilet, smash up your computer's hard drive and embrace music the way it should be heard.

Today is International Record Store Day, when vinyl lovers can celebrate the culture of the independently owned music outlet.

Nambour will be the Coast's vinyl epicentre today, with promotions, offers, live music and pure analogue needle-in-the-groove sounds from the town's Backbeat Records and The Time Machine record stores.

"Last year's Record Store Day was the biggest trading day I've seen in 18 years of business on the Sunshine Coast," Lee Hillman, of Backbeat Records, said.

Publicity surrounding the event and a resurgence in the popularity of vinyl were the reasons behind last year's success, Mr Hillman said, and he's hoping for a repeat this year.

"There's supposedly been an increase in vinyl sales of 70% in the past year," he said.

"So in the age of digital downloads, it's nice to keep these institutions going."

Alongside live music at both Nambour venues, Backbeat Records is offering $3 off all vinyl, and bargain-bin records will be half-price on the day, while The Time Machine is offering 15% vinyl discounts.

Do you still own any vinyl records?

This poll ended on 26 April 2014.

Current Results

You bet. I’ve got a cupboard full.

83%

Only a couple of my old favourites.

13%

Vinyl records? Were they before or after cassettes?

0%

If you can‘t download it, it doesn’t count.

2%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

 

Record record prices

Some of the world's most valuable LPs.

 Wu-Tang Clan's The Wu - Once Upon A Time In Shaolin. Only one copy in existence. Billboard magazine claims reputed offers up to $US5 million

 The Quarrymen's That'll Be the Day/In Spite of All the Danger. Only one copy exists, owned by Sir Paul McCartney. Valued at £200,000 in 2012.

 The Beatles' Sgt Pepper signed by all four of The Beatles, sold for $US290,500 in 2013.

A history of vinyl:

The phonograph was invented by Thomas Edison in 1877, with flat discs (replacing cylinders) introduced in 1887.

In 1930 the first vinyl plastic discs were sold.

Columbia Records gave us the first LP (Long Play) 33⅓ rpm vinyl record - by Frank Sinatra - in 1948, and this size became the industry standard.

The average LP has nearly half-a-kilometre of groove on each side.

In 2012 4.6-million vinyl records were sold in the USA alone.

ARIA reported this year that Australian record sales in 2013 rose 77% on the previous year.



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