Artist aims to recreate record store magic

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A New York artist is giving Derry’s music and art lovers the chance to relive the halcyon days of the record store - and record their very own slice of vinyl history.

Never Records, the brainchild of artist Ted Riederer, is an art installation that brings together a record store within an art exhibition within a retail space.

The artist says it is his homage to the days when there was much more to buying music than downloading a song from the internet.

“Practically every week during my adolescence, with the regularity of a parishioner, I visited Yesterday and Today Records in Rockville, Maryland.

“It was there where I communed with the spirit of Punk, Ska, Mod, and Rock and Roll.

“It was there where I learned about politics, sex, existentialism, style, and fashion.

“Yesterday and Today was more like a social library, a meeting place for musicians and artists, than a retail space.

“Never Records is my love letter to the record store.”

Part of the project allows people to make live in store recordings - that are then pressed into 12” vinyl.

From May 6 to 19, the installation will be based in Derry’s Context Gallery where the Derry public can contribute to the art project.

The gallery is now looking for “ noisemakers, musicians, poets amateur historians, story tellers, actors, tap dancers, spoon players, comedians and artists” to participate in the project .

Anyone wishing to take part can contact ct the Context gallery via email - neverrecordsderry@gmail.com - or via the gallery’s Facebook page.

More information is available by contacting the gallery on 71373538