Paul Weller, Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie & more join campaign to help record stores amid COVID-19
Brick and mortar record stores were already running on slim margins before the COVID-19 pandemic caused many to shut their doors till this passes, whenever that may be. Most stores are still selling records, whether through their websites or a Discogs page, but a new campaign, #LoveRecordStores, has been launched to foster support for independent record stores in this time of crisis and to encourage music fans to shop online. The campaign is led by Jason Rackham of the [PIAS] group (which includes Mute, Bella Union, Heavenly, and more), who says:
Independent record stores have played a key role in supporting and developing artists and their music for decades, so now it is time for music companies and the artists they represent to step up and give something back. We must support these small businesses if they are to survive this crisis and at the same time we can still play a big part in helping them to continue to introduce their customers to new music. By speaking directly to their audiences about the importance of record stores and encouraging music fans to continue shopping with them online, artists can play a big part in helping secure the survival of this vital part of our industry.
A number of artists have joined in the campaign too, like Paul Weller who says “I’d be lost without my favourite record shops; Rough Trade, Sounds of the Universe, Honest Jon’s and all the other independents. Let’s all keep them all going in this very strange time. Music will lift our spirits and soothe our souls. Love to everyone.” There have also been videos posted from Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie, The Charlatans‘ Tim Burgess, Mute’s Daniel Miller, Franz Ferdinand‘s Alex Kapranos, DJ/producer Erol Alkan, the Ezra Collective, and The Orielles, as well as Martin Freeman (of the UK version of The Office), in support and you can watch those below.
Related: Record Store Day 2020 has been postponed till June due to coronavirus.
— Primal Scream (@ScreamOfficial) March 26, 2020
— Franz Ferdinand (@Franz_Ferdinand) March 26, 2020
— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) March 26, 2020
— Mute (@MuteUK) March 26, 2020
It's a tough time for independent record stores right now. We spend so much time in recordstores around the world when touring.Some of our favourites: @SOTUSOHO @PiccadillyRecs and @northsidechris❤️A few ideas on ways we can continue to support. Bless EZ pic.twitter.com/364dllieA8
— Ezra Collective (@EzraCollective) March 26, 2020
A message about how important record stores – and their staff – have been thru my life. Even though we cannot visit our favourite stores, they are still operating mail order services.
— erol alkan (@erolalkan) March 26, 2020
Don’t let our record stores die in this chaos. You can support them by ordering records to your home and keeping this unbelievably important and dynamic industry alive #LoveRecordStores ❤ pic.twitter.com/nIcbPZ2FRh
— georgia (@_georgiauk) March 26, 2020
— The Orielles (@TheOrielles) March 26, 2020
Martin Freeman #loverecordstores
Independent record stores are massively important to music fans, but they’re also really important for artists too.
— Acid Jazz Records (@ACIDJAZZRECS) March 26, 2020
THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE !!!! THE YOUTH HAVE SPOKEN >>> SUPPORT RECORD STORES #loverecordstores @PiccadillyRecs @RoughTrade @Monorail_Music @JumboRecords @amoebamusic @othermusic @vinylexchange @diskunion_dkp @DustyGroove @superflyrecords @waxmuseumrecord @BOBOCHOSES pic.twitter.com/lzwDHBid1D
— Whyte Horses (@whytehorses) March 26, 2020