Vinyl Revolution Record Show Unites Long Island Classic Music Fans Who ‘Have Never Given Up on Vinyl’

by Hannah Loesch and Cailin Loesch

On Sunday, April 8th, old and new fans of vinyl alike attended the bi-annual Vinyl Revolution Record Show during its return to Long Island.

According to vendor John Gorlewski, attendees are “kind of a cross section of people who are old enough to have never given up on vinyl as a format in the first place, and younger people who are too young to remember what it was like when records were ruling the world.”

An information stand at the entrance of the record show.

The event, which was held at Cluett Hall in Garden City, featured 60 dealer tables ran by passionate music fans from all over the east coast.

“I live in Connecticut, and do record shows up in Connecticut, but some of the bigger and more well-attended shows in New York City, I’ll come out and do. This is one of them. It’s a pretty good crowd, there’s a lot of good dealers out here, and it’s a good, well-organized event,” said Gorlewski.

The event has attracted not just more people in recent years, but according to vendor Phil Lanigan, has also brought in a new generation of record collectors.

“We’ve been doing it a long time, we like coming to this venue,” said Lanigan. “It seems like it’s taken off a little bit more each year. It’s getting more and more crowded. It’s also a lot more younger people than it was ten years ago.”

“If you’re going to be listening to music that was made when vinyl was the dominant format, it only makes sense to listen to it that way”

Attendee Kelly Pipa attended the show with her son, an avid vinyl collector.

“My son is into sort of older music, and Grateful Dead and stuff, and he likes to listen to it on vinyl. So we decided to come and see what he can find,” said Pipa.

Thousands of rare and collectible vinyl records were sold to enthusiasts of the classic medium.

A sample of records on display at the show.

“I’m a producer/record collector, and this is the place where you wanna come and get the best records,” said attendee Keith Lewis.

What brings people to vinyl shows, when most music today is streamable?

“If you’re going to be listening to music that was made when vinyl was the dominant format, it only makes sense to listen to it that way,” said Gorlewski. “For one thing, a lot of thought was put into the sequence of albums–like which song’s gonna be the last song on side one, what song’s gonna be the first on side two–so if you’ve got everything streaming on your phone, and you’re just flipping through it, that’s not really the same element.”

Stickers used to decorate a merchandise stand.

Lewis agrees. “The vinyl definitely has more character, it’s more of a… it’s an experience. You know, when you’re playing vinyl as opposed to a digital medium, you can touch, feel–you’re interacting with the vinyl. And some say it has a warmer sound to it. It’s about the aesthetics and the sound.”

In addition to the vinyl records for sale, vendors offered CDs, DVDs, memorabilia, and food and drinks.

Door prizes were given to guests throughout the day, and every visitor received a complimentary raffle ticket with the price of admission.

Two generations of vinyl fans help with the raffle stand.

Author Greg Prato was the day’s special guest, signing his new book “The Yacht Rock Book” for attendees.

“Vinyl is a collectable thing to hold in their hands. Also, bands like KISS would include posters and stuff in their records,” said Prato. “People try to get old versions that have all those bonus things. It’s the thrill of the hunt.”

A tote bag for sale at Vinyl Revolution.