PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Mom and pop record stores haven’t had it easy with the success of online retailers, explosion of Internet downloads and competition from national chains. The 2,000 or so independent music retailers who’ve survived will celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday.

Artists like Franz Ferdinand, Disturbed and Erykah Badu will show their appreciation with in-store appearances. Others, like Bruce Springsteen, are releasing special music on vinyl.

Now in its second year, Record Store Day is being celebrated at more than 1,000 independent record stores in the U.S., as well as in 17 countries. It was the brainchild of Chris Brown from Bull Moose, an independent chain of 10 record stores in Maine and New Hampshire. 


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