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Creator Chris Brown Talks About the Origins of Record Store Day & Picks His Favorite RSD Releases: RSD 2011 Report Pt. II

Posted by Billyjam, April 16, 2011 04:55pm | Post a Comment

From the size of the crowds swarming each Amoeba Music store today you would think that Record Store Day had been around forever, but the reality is that this time four years ago there was no such thing. It wasn't until 3 years ago, on the designated third Saturday in April, that the very first Record Store Day (RSD 2008) took place, with 300 independent record stores taking part in the new music day holiday. Having since snowballed to five times that size, with RSD 2011's boasting 1500 stores participating worldwide, that seems like a comparatively humble beginning for RSD.

Even more impressive is the corresponding increase in numbers of the exclusive RSD releases. This year there are over 300 RSD releases. For RSD 2008 there were less than a dozen. So how did Record Store Day grow so rapidly and how did it even come about in the first place? To find out, I tracked down the man responsible for the creation of Record Store Day in the first place: Chris Brown from Bull Moose in Portland, Maine.

Bull Moose, which began about around the same time as Amoeba Music, started out as a humble retail record store in Brunswick, Maine. In the two decades since it has expanded into ten stores and grown to become the largest retailer of new and pre-owned music, movies and video games in Maine and Seacoast New Hampshire. Two of their stores include impressive book sections.

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Read John Lennon's Angry Letter to the McCartneys Circa 1971

Posted by Miss Ess, April 15, 2011 11:43am | Post a Comment

John Lennon wrote this blistering letter to the McCartneys in 1971, when tensions over The Beatles' breakup were still running very high. The letter goes up for auction soon, and thus it has hit the web and our eyes 40 years or so after it was written. The relationship between the two most famous songwriters ever is still fascinating, even after all this time...

john lennon letter

lennon letter

It's a little hard on the eyes; for the full transcript, head here.

McCartney to Play Royal Wedding

Posted by Amoebite, January 7, 2011 11:23am | Post a Comment
Who do these people think they are, the King and Queen of England?

Uh, well, yeah...

mccartney amoebaprince william kate middleton

It is being reported that Prince William and Kate Middleton will have Amoeba pal Paul McCartney play the reception of their April 29 wedding. Luckies! Leaves us wondering: will the reception be telecast, by any chance?

Celebrate Amoeba's 20th Anniversary! Part 4 - Some of Our Most Memorable Instores

Posted by Amoebite, November 12, 2010 01:06pm | Post a Comment

This month we are celebrating 20 years of Amoeba! It's our anniversary! And one of the ways we wanted to celebrate was by highlighting here for you some of our best, most memorable instores of all time! We have been so lucky over the years -- we've hosted shows, signings and events with Paul McCartney, Queens of the Stone Age, The Shins, Flight of the Conchords, John Waters, The Gossip and zillions more. You can find video footage and interviews from many of our instores right here! Read on to find out what three of our most seasoned instore reviewers thought were some of our very greatest.

But first, get further immersed in our 20th Anniversary! To check out our first Anniversary blog post, with testimonials from some of our favorite customers,
click here! Our second Anniversary post is an interview with co-owner Marc Weinstein about getting the Berkeley store off the ground all the way back in 1990 and what Amoeba means to him. Read it right here. Our third Anniversary post includes Top 10 lists from some of our old skool employees -- click here to check out their favorites in music and movies from the past 20 years!

Paul McCartney to Return to Jools Holland's BBC TV Show to Promote Reissue of Classic Wings Album Band on the Run

Posted by Billyjam, October 24, 2010 06:06am | Post a Comment

Paul McCartney with Jools Holland

On Tuesday (October 26th) Paul McCartney will appear and perform on the BBC2 TV show Later...with Jools Holland to promote the reissue of Band on the Run. The classic 1973 Paul McCartney & Wings album is being re-released in a new fully remastered version. McCartney has been a guest on Jools Holland's show before, as seen in the interview above from a few years ago. On this week's show other guests will include Neil Diamond, Elvis Costello, The Black Keys, and Aloe Blacc. More info here.
 

Paul McCartney & Wings "Band On The Run"

Band on the Run was Wings' third album and Macca's fifth after the break up of the Beatles, and was the last McCartney release to appear on the Apple label. Commercially successful and critically acclaimed, it went on to become the top-selling studio album in the UK and Australia in 1974. It also stayed atop the US Billboard chart for over two years thanks to such songs as "Helen Wheels" (only on the 1973 US version), "Jet" (see live version below), and "Band on the Run" (hear audio of original version above).

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