The vinyl’s far from dead and it was even his party on Saturday.
Yesterday morning, at the opening of Cosmopolite, in the Champ-de-Mars gallery in Angoulême, they were about thirty music lovers, ready to look for the nugget missing from their vinyl collection.
June 20th was record store day, a special day for independent record shops in France, a real vinyl record festival.
Between 2015 and 2019, sales of vinyl records in France rose from 900,000 to 4.1 million, according to the National Union of Phonographic Publishers (Snep), a rising curve that contrasts with the fall in CD sales, in a market crushed by streaming consumption (nearly 60 billion listenings).
At Cosmopolite, where the market for microgroove wafers is growing year after year, a thousand references were on sale this Saturday.
“There are classics like the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Dire Straits which will never go out of fashion,” says Alexis Dulondel, in charge of the store’s music department, “but there are also records pressed especially for the occasion which will not be sold afterwards, like a 33 rpm by Flavien Berger or a 45 rpm by Malted Milk.
In the shelves, there are the patented collectors, the music lovers who find there the opportunity to enlarge their discotheque, and those who come to please those they love.
The next day was Father’s Day: Catherine came along with Adella and Natan to get a few little pancakes that Stéphane will certainly enjoy tomorrow… “In the 1990s, we started working on the CD, but today, we’ve put them all away.We still listen to vinyl, which is probably linked to a kind of nostalgia: it’s with it that we discovered music, and we have to admit that the sound it gives off is better,” explains Catherine.
Esia, from Ruelle, is rummaging through the bins looking for copies that will delight her father, a music lover and collector. “He goes to flea markets to find rare records. He says the sound is different, warmer.”
For the occasion, Cosmopolite organised a musical quiz, with the winners leaving with a record or a book.
This year, in view of the health context, the record store day will take place on four dates: in addition to 20 June, events will be held in August, September and October.