Jack White Named Record Store Day Ambassador 2013

The blues merchant who still runs an independent label will represent the day that celebrates record stores worldwide.

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Jack White has been named as the official ambassador for Record Store Day on April 20.

He will represent the day that celebrates independent record shops and the vinyl medium. White has long been an advocate of analog formats, and his Third Man Records label continues to sell vinyl from its portable record store.

Artists will release limited edition records on the day, which must be purchased in person at selected record shops worldwide. Examples from previous years include Radiohead who released two new songs and a special edition printed newspaper.

"We need to re-educate ourselves about human interaction and the difference between downloading a track on a computer and talking to other people in person and getting turned onto music that you can hold in your hands and share with others," said White.

He added: "As Record Store Day Ambassador of 2013 I'm proud to help in any way I can to invigorate whoever will listen with the idea that there is beauty and romance in the act of visiting a record shop and getting turned on to something new that could change the way they look at the world, other people, art, and ultimately, themselves."

You can find participating record stores on recordstoreday.com.

How will you celebrate the best day in the music calendar? Let us know in the comments.

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    I'm pretty sure he owns Third Man Records, not Third Eye
    You should watch his video on his appointment on Third Man's website. Hilarious "And that's why you shouldn't donate blood on a Tuesday, because that's the day they change the needles out!"
    Why was anyone else Record Store Day Ambassador before him? Like him or not, he's the one who's pushed this movement. Jack White doesn't get the credit he deserves for revitalizing blues fundamentals, a DIY mentally, and making a name for yourself in the day and age of the Jonas Brothers and Justin Bieber. Not only that, few artists have not only remained relevant, but INCREASED their relevancy beyond the course of a decade the way Jack White has.
    I bought a few CDs at Third Man Records last time I was in Nashville, and promptly ripped them to my computer Only thing that sucked is a lot of that store's selection is only available on vinyl. But that's not enough to justify the purchase of a record player for me. More power to those into vinyl; I'm glad they enjoy it. Visiting Third Man Records is an experience for sure--definitely recommend it if you're ever around Nashville.
    The interactive element of music will never be replaced. It used to be hanging with my friend, listening to albums and playing along with them. Now I have two kids and nothing beats an album on the turntable, front to back with the little ones dancing along. Talking shop with band mates or total strangers, finding a gem at the record shop and hearing a b-side for the first time. Looking at the photos, feeling the worn cover, hearing the subtle flaws in the recording. Seriously, it doesn't get better than the real thing.
    I agree with Jack White, and record-owners. My favourite memories (musical ones) are ones with CD's and cassettes, even a few vinyls at my relatives places. I own digital music now, because owning physical formats has become too expensive, especially with corporates and distributors pushing for more digitalisation of the entire market, but the minute I can afford it, it's back to record players for me. Though not without digital music.
    Thrice Capades
    "Adding an even more exciting element, Vegas is placing 4 to 1 odds that Jack White will grab his lawyers, turn into a 13 year old girl, and threaten to sue any stores that play White Stripes on Record Store Day." Source: Chicago's Old Alternative, Q101
    I'm so glad that radio station is dead
    Thrice Capades
    It was weak...but now there's nothing in Chicago. Not sure if you've heard the new incarnation of 101.1 but it is a slap in the face to anybody who likes anything.
    King of the hipsters
    Who, Jack White? Hope you're being ironic, 'cause he's probably more like the King of the Anti-Hipsters. He's the first guy I heard use the term as an insult and he's been completely consistent about that ever since the White Stripes began their commercial success.
    anvil is god
    Vinyl is a waste of time, with lossless digital files being superior in every way.
    As with everything, it's just how the listener prefers their music. I personally enjoy having a physical album I can hold and read than having a music file on my computer or iPod. Doesn't mean I don't like digital music, I like when a vinyl comes with a digital download code and if I already have the CD I just give the code away to a friend. I have all the variations of the most recent Coheed and Cambria afterman albums and the vinyls come with the CD and the boxset comes with the CD plus demos so I might give the CDs away soon since I have multiple copies and also the MP3s.
    There is another advantage to owing a physical album.I read an article that says anything you buy from online store like iTunes or a book for the amazon kindle, the things that you buy you don't actually own, you just buy the license to use that music. For example if Apple wants to remove all the music that you bought they can do it and you can't even sue because it was all there in the terms and conditions.
    Yep, Pretty much if an online retailer like iTunes or Amazon decide to close up shop all of a sudden and close it's servers you're SOL. One thing I like that Amazon is doing now is when you buy a CD from them they give you the MP3s after the purchase. There is always piracy but I don't like going down that road anymore since I can finally afford my music habit now.
    Music is more than just a "habit" for some... I download all of the time and most bands that I listen to encourage it. Henry Rollins said "I would rather get played than paid. If you rip me off of a few dollars then you haven't done anything that record labels haven't been doing to me for years." It's about the music man, not the money...
    Digital music is great for getting music for free. Vinyl is great for getting artwork, something you can physically hold in your hands, for collecting, and for some people, feeling superior to others. Also, if you're a musician and you want to release something, but don't want people getting it for free, or you just want people to have that nostalgic feeling of actually buying the album and having all the artwork and whatnot, you can release it vinyl-only. The listener would probably be a lot more appreciative of the album that way.
    anvil is god
    I do like vinyl as a collectors item, and have a fairly large store of it. But for listening purposes, a FLAC or WAV file (not MP3/AAC) will have a higher fidelity.
    Collecting vinyl and not listening to it is the same as buying a book and putting it on the shelf without ever reading it.
    Thrice Capades
    "Vegas is now placing 3 to 1 odds that Jack White will get tired of the Record Store Day crowd halfway through the day, and angrily walk off stage." Source: Logic