Record Store Day started five years ago when 700+ American indie stores came together to celebrate their unique culture. The U.K. followed suit, with 2012 marking its fourth celebration as an independent sector. Similar to the U.S., the U.K. indie stores partner with bands to celebrate the art of music with special exclusive releases that are desirable to own and fun to collect.
The original photo sleeve of the vinyl 7-inch disc that’s pictured on Bowie’s website reminds us that this record is just one week shy of its 40th anniversary date.
The A-side will be the original single version, whereas the B-side will be the version of ‘Starman’ from the legendary (mono) ‘Top Of The Pops’ TV performance. We highly recommend talking to your favorite importer/record store in advance, as the odds of finding one of these could be slim.
In other ‘Starman’-related news, it’s been reported but not confirmed that Bowie will be honored with a special plaque to be unveiled on London’s Heddon Street. As celebrations begin in honor of the upcoming 40th Anniversary of ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,’ the famous thoroughfare plans to commemorate the spot on which the photograph was taken for the iconic album cover.