You’ve got to imagine that Jack White feels a bit like Santa on Record Store Day at this point. Last year the rocker declared “Lazaretto” would be “the world’s fastest released record . . . in the history of mankind”—he recorded, pressed, and made the 7s available for purchase in just under four hours. There’ll be no racing against stopwatch this year, but there will be Elvis.
White’s new cover story interview for Billboard revealed that he was the unnamed buyer of Presley’s first ever recording—a 1953 acetate disc featuring “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin”—which sold at auction on what would have been the King’s 80th birthday in January for $300,000 and that Third Man Records will re-issue it on vinyl for Record Store Day.
Other highlights from the interview include this quip on how he consumes music: “Digital in the car, vinyl in the bedroom,” which just begs to be emblazoned on a T-shirt somewhere.
Record Store Day, which began in 2007, will take place Saturday, April 18 with over 1,400 participating locations.