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Published on February 12th, 2019 | by Alan Cross

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Pearl Jam named as Record Store Day Ambassador for 2019

The 12th annual Record Store Day is coming up Saturday, April 13, and as has become the custom, a vinyl-friendly artist has been named the event’s official ambassador.

This year the honour goes to Pearl Jam.

Mike McCready: “Every independent record store I’ve been to, I’ve gotten something out of it in terms of great music, or a cool feeling. I always feel a little bit better when I come out of a record store.

“Pearl Jam is honored to be Record Store Day’s Ambassador for 2019. Independent record stores are hugely important to me, and have been ever since I was 12 years-old. Before I even really knew what they were — there was a certain feeling of ‘this is a dream come true,’ and it’s a wonderland and there’s so much to learn in here… and it’s still that way.

“Support every independent record store that you can. They’re really a good part of society. Know if you love music, this is the place to find it. And it helps people who work here and that’s important, too. And it kind of takes an effort, you have to look for something that you want; you have to talk to people. I had to talk to people to figure out which Aerosmith record to get first or anything back in the day. It’s a place to learn. It’s a place to have fun. And it’s a place to discover new music.

“Come out on Record Store Day, but also make it Record Store Year.”

  • 2018: Run the Jewels
  • 2017: St. Vincent
  • 2016: Metallica
  • 2015: Dave Grohl
  • 2014: Chuck D
  • 2013: Jack White
  • 2012: Iggy Pop
  • 2011: Ozzy
  • 2010: Josh Homme
  • 2009: Jesse Hughes of Eagles of Death Metal



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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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