In rotation: 11/7/18

Utrecht, NL | 50th Edition Record Planet Mega Record & CD Fair Utrecht: In the weekend of 17 and 18 November, the biggest record fair in the world will be celebrating its 50th edition! Record Planet Mega Record & CD Fair takes place in Utrecht, The Netherlands. And if you have time to spare with 500 stalls to dig through, please drop by our booth, because we’d love to meet you in person, hear your feedback, and answer any questions about Discogs you might have! … The entrance ticket also provides access to the International Collectors Fair with 2,000 dealers of vintage, retro and antique collectibles and memorabilia. So if you bring along people who are not into record collecting, they’ll be able to entertain themselves while you go crate digging. Record Planet Mega Record & CD Fair Saturday, November 17 from 9AM to 5PM, Sunday, November 18 from 10AM to 5PM Find your tickets for the fair and more information on www.recordplanet.nl.

Channel-Port aux Basques, NL | Viva la vinyl in St. John’s: Record enthusiasts lined up outside the Record Fair NL fall fair before the doors opened Saturday morning – all in search of new albums to add to their collections. An event room at the Holiday Inn in St. John’s was crowded. Within 30 minutes of opening, 200 people walked through the doors. “It’s a huge community, as you can see – and it’s growing,” said co-organizer Melissa Jones. Twenty-seven vendors – ranging from serious collectors looking to offload their duplicate records, to brick-and-mortar stores like Sunrise Records – displayed their wares in milk crates for the more than 750 shoppers who attended between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. People flipped through the albums in earnest. “I found some Jethro Tull that I was looking for,” said Jessica McLachlan, who attended the fair with her father. “He’s had me into vinyl since I was a baby,” she said.

Tokyo, JP | Haruki Murakami to donate vinyl collection and manuscripts to Tokyo’s Waseda University: Acclaimed Japanese author Haruki Murakami will donate his record collection, original manuscripts and personal letters to his alma mater, Waseda University in Tokyo. According to The Japan Times, the 69-year-old writer said in a press conference—his first in 37 years—that this donation “is a very important thing for me, so I thought I should explain clearly… I don’t have any children, and it would cause trouble for me if those materials became scattered or lost.” Among other things, the university hopes to recreate Murakami’s home study on campus, complete with records and bookshelves. “I couldn’t be happier if (the center) will help those who want to study my works,” added Murakami. “I hope it will be something that promotes cultural exchange.”

Slick Rick Rereleasing ‘The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick’ For the Album’s 30th Anniversary: Slick Rick carved his name into the hip-hop history books with his 1988 classic The Great Adventures of Slick Rick. 30 years later, the Bronx transplant is celebrating the project by re-releasing the newly remastered album featuring some content that’s never been heard before in the deluxe package on his official website. The fashion icon originally released the standout effort on Nov. 1, 1988 via Def Jam Recordings, where he signed as only their third artist. Different combinations of the repackaged album featuring a vinyl record and merchandise are available for pre-order through Slick Rick’s online store. Physical copies of the CD will be shipped Feb. 22, 2019, while vinyl records are slated to go out March 15, 2019.

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