On the first-ever Record Store Day in 2007, Reid Robinson didn't celebrate.

That's because the owner of Co-Op Records of Moline didn't find out about what is now an international holiday for independent record stores — which is held once a year, on the third Saturday of April — until its third birthday. 

"The first couple ones were real minor and low key," Robinson said. "It took me a year or so to hear about it." 

Today, there's nothing low key about Record Store Day, which marks its 10th year on Saturday.

"It's the biggest retail day of the year without question," said Robinson, who has owned the shop, which also houses a small music school offering guitar, bass, drums and piano lessons, for 22 years. "This year, they went all out. We're bringing in way more than we have in previous years." 

During the annual ritual fit for vinyl lovers and collectors, Quad-City area stores, such as Robinson's Co-Op Records, Co-Ops Records of Davenport and Ragged Records, will have a hand in releasing more than 400 limited-edition titles in LP, EP, 45-rpm and box set formats. Stores also are offering discounts on used items. 

It's now a tradition for Ragged Records, in downtown Davenport, to host a full-day of live music, from Quad-City and Chicago based acts, on Record Store Day, according to owner Bob Herington. 

"It's a huge event for us and it's a big undertaking," he said. "We've seen huge growth over the years." 

In previous years, the store, which shares a space with vintage clothing store Trash Can Annie's, has seen a line of 200 people awaiting its 9 a.m. opening time on Record Store Day. 

"Everything is so limited that people line up to get that thing before the person behind them does," Herington said. "Some are these pretty hard to get." 

Some exclusives up for grabs on Saturday include reissues of David Bowie's "Cracked Actor" and "Bowpromo," multiple special 12-inch singles from Prince, plus titles from Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, The War On Drugs, Miley Cyrus and Tegan and Sara.

Robinson said the resurgence of vinyl — and Record Store Day — has filled his shop with music lovers of all ages. 

"For people in my generation, records were everywhere," he said. "But for those in their 20s, it's like a new format that they get to experience for the first time." 

The Co-Op Records owner, who has worked in music stores since he was 19, says that means his job is still "as fun as it sounds." 

"For a while, we were just punching the clock. Things got stagnant," Robinson said. "Now it feels like I'm back working in the 1980s again."


Amanda Hancock is a reporter covering food, arts and entertainment in the Quad-Cities (and beyond).