Greeting Old Friends: Record Stores in Quarantine with Rand Foster of Fingerprints Music — August 26, 2020
Music piracy, streaming, online shopping, battling major record labels and big box retailers—In the 28 years that he's been in business, Rand Foster has weathered the music industry's constant cycle of change and fickle nature. Driven by an unshakeable love and reverence for Record Stores, his employees, and the communities they serve—he's always found a way to push through. He joins Let's Cope to talk about how once again he's adapted his business to overcome new challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fingerprints Music, the iconic Long Beach record store nestled in the East Village Arts District has been a staple in the music community offering a home to music lovers from all walks of life. This Saturday August 29th, Rand and his team will be celebrating the first of three Official Record Store Day Celebrations which honor the 1,400 independently owned record stores in the US. Started in 2008, Record Store Day is a day for "the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities."
The interview is followed by an hour long special Quarantunes Playlist curated by Rand Foster.