On the importance of record covers, Yang sees eye to

o eye with his fan.”I buy a lot of albums, and it is the design of the covers that catches my eye first,” Yang

tells the fan. “Apart from the quality of the sound on the record, these things are pieces of art.”

In the two-hour meeting, they listen to the new vinyl and talk about their affection for physical records.

“I recall the summer of 1993 when I was 20 years old,” Yang says. “I bou

ght cassette tapes of the Chinese rock band Tang Dynasty and the rock singer-songwriter

Cui Jian. The songs coming from these spinning tapes stunned me and I wanted to make music like them. That’s wh

y I still stock and support the physical format. It’s something for me to keep and something to hand down to my kids.”

For Wang Zhuohui, owner of Free Sound, Yang’s arrival is one of a series of events to celebrate Record Store Day.

Wang’s shop does its bit for Record Store Day by staging live performances, fan meetings and ex

clusive releases. Record Store Day is a way to help keep a dying industry alive, Wang says. For him one big attra

ction of record stores is that unlike social media where everything is delivered at the push of a button, they offer a p

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