Almost every shop has specials on the consumer-driven holiday of Black Friday. However, Chestnut Hill’s independent record store, Hideaway Music, took part in quite a unique day.
The event known as “Back to Black Friday” was part of Record Store Day’s initiative to celebrate artists, albums and traditions in music. Hideaway Music has celebrated Record Store Day in the past, and decided to have the “Back to Black Friday” event as well. Each store across the country that participated in the Black Friday events aimed to have “special exclusive releases from some of the most popular artists in almost every genre.”
Owner Brian Reisman said Hideaway Music had albums from The Grateful Dead, The Doors and Billy Bragg and Wilco to name a few. Reisman said he was pleased by the results of the day as many customers came out to shop. For most patrons, the appeal was in the exclusive albums but also the sentimental value of the records.
“[Vinyl records] are what I grew up with,” said customer Seth Turner. “They just have a nice warm sound. Mp3’s are just files. I want a piece of music.”
Another nostalgic customer, Steve Heller Burnholme, said, “I remember stealing my brother’s albums. I grew up with it. They’re familiar.”
Hideaway Music was able to provide rare deals and some reminiscent times just in time for the holiday season. Customers can look forward to the seventh annual Record Store Day coming April 2014.