Dave Grohl is passing his love for music onto his three daughters. And that includes the art of collecting vinyl.
The Foo Fighters frontman (aka the Ambassador for Record Store Day 2015) spoke to USA Today about all things vinyl ahead of Record Store Day this weekend, where he opened up about his kids’ love of all things records.
“It’s funny, I have three daughters: a 9-year-old, a 6-year-old and a new baby. But my 9-year-old, I remember introducing her to vinyl,” he said. “She was really into The Beatles, and I got her this Beatles vinyl box set. She looked at it and said, ‘What is that?’ And I said, ‘This is Beatles vinyl. These are The Beatles’ records.’ I was like, ‘Here, let me show you how to do it,’ and she was fascinated. It was like a toy to her, but she was listening to music and experiencing it the way I did when I was her age. I walked out of the room and came back half an hour later, and all the record covers were all over the floor and she was listening to album after album, and reading the lyrics, and looking at the sleeves and the pictures.”
Grohl thinks that his kids just might be members of the “new vinyl revolution.”
“I think maybe what happened was the convenience of technology overshadowed the experience of holding an album in your hands, and sitting on your bedroom floor, and staring at a picture of John Lennon or Gene Simmons or Johnny Rotten. That tangible experience can sometimes become an even more emotional experience, because it’s really happening,” he said. “Someone curating songs for you through your computer or being able to hold 10,000 songs on your watch — that convenience is pretty incredible, but so is the emotional impact of holding a Beatles record in your hand and listening to Let It Be, like, ‘Wow. That’s [expletive] heavy.'”
He continues, “But also, walk into Urban Outfitters and they sell these really cute, little, pink record players that are in a suitcase with the speakers built in, and then look right below it and there’s a Kanye [West] record. It’s pretty crazy, it seems like they’ve become part of this new vinyl revolution.”
Record Store Day will take place on Saturday (Apr. 18). And if you need to waste some time before then, you can watch Professor Stephen Hawking‘s Record Store Day cover of Monty Python‘s “Galaxy Song” here.