The Record Shop is where I learned about the world beyond the one I had lived in. People like Curtis Mayfield, Lou Reed, Burning Spear and Fela Kuti showed me their worlds, its joys and struggles. I had never even heard the word "ecology" before Marvin Gaye introduced me to it!
Record Store Day celebrates it's 8th year on Saturday, April 18th. The international 'vinyl holiday' has grown from less than 100 to over 3,000 participating, independent record shops.
A press conference was held at Rough Trade Records in Brooklyn on March 10th to announce a colossal list of special releases and free schwag that will be available on RSD2015.
Destined to be one of the most sought-after items, especially by fans of The Clash, will be a limited-edition art print by Kosmo Vinyl.
5,000 numbered prints will be given away at select record shops, along with 10,000 postcards that feature his artwork. Kosmo was commissioned by the folks at Record Store Day to create this piece, with support from Red Bull Sound Select.
At the RSD2015 media launch, Kosmo joined a star-studded group of panelists that included St. Vincent's Annie Clark, as well as Kate Pierson and Fred Schneider of the B-52s. They talked about records and the releases they're personally looking forward to this year.
Kosmo has enjoyed what many would consider a dream career, working with some of the most beloved names in music. He’s quick to point out that it all started for him in a record shop, buying records. He shares his rich knowledge and diverse taste in music by way of ‘Kosmo’s Vinyl of the Week’, which is updated every Friday on his Facebook fan page.
An integral part of the 70s/80s English music scene, Kosmo is now a visual-artist and 'cultural curator' living in New York City. Who better than Kosmo VINYL to represent Record Store Day!
Life is Art.