The NYPL's Record Sale kicked off yesterday, and will run through tomorrow evening—yesterday the hardcore audiophiles attacked the stacks of albums, but with 22,000 LPs there are plenty of gems still there. Click through to see a few—which the NYPL posted throughout the set-up of the sale.
The event first occurred in 1984, when over 800 visitors stormed the Library for the Performing Arts and purchased tens of thousands of records at the first Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound Record Sale. And back then vinyl was still one of the main vehicles to place your music on... now there's a whole cult around collecting it. So things are more competitive these days—you'll want to follow the record sale on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook, where they're answering some questions:
The NYPL explains where all of this black gold is coming from: "The records represent decades of unsolicited donations, for which we already have at least one copy in great condition. Now we need the space to bring in more unique materials for you to enjoy and study." And everyone from the foreign classical aficionado to the Zappa fan to those seeking Ronald Reagan's spoken work for some reason... will find something here.
The sale opens at noon today and tomorrow, running through 5:45 p.m. each day. This all goes down at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (Lincoln Center, Donald and Mary Oenslager Gallery, First Floor). They can provide bags, but you may want to bring a box if you plan to carry a big haul out the door with you. Also: cash is preferred, but credit cards are accepted for purchases of $100 or more.