Located in Raleigh, NC, Schoolkids is the Triangle’s first home of the legendary mom & pop indie store chain. Founded in 1973, Schoolkids Records is one of the longest running record stores in the entire country and in 2013 will celebrate their 40th Anniversary.
The city beats to so many drums, from a deep knowledge of indie rock, alternative rock to a heavy devotion to metal. We feature the largest selection of vinyl (new and used), indie rock, bluegrass, alternative and metal in the Triangle and many say, from miles around. From domestic to import, from California to Sweden to Australia, the Raleigh location has it, along with a vinyl section that’s been awarding winning in reader’s polls winning the Independent Weekly's Best Record Store for 15 straight years, every year the award has been given.
The store has often been the destination and shopping preference for many local and national bands in this area, many of whom either worked at the store or started selling their first albums or 7" singles at the store on consignment. Artists to get their start selling records at Schoolkids include: Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown, Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, Ben Folds, The Connells, Polvo, Athenaeum, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Megafaun, Lost In The Trees and many others. The store was also one of the first retail outlets to sell No Depression Magazine and to work with labels such as Merge Records, Mammoth Records, Dischord Records and Yep Roc Records.
Schoolkids is a founding member of the CIMS Coalition, The first national Coalition of Independent Music Stores and has also been named by both Time Magazine and The Grammys as one of the "top ten" record stores in the United States. Recently many publications have written about the history of Schoolkids and its owner such as Raleigh's News & Observer, The Independent Weekly, The Durham Chronicle and NC State University's Alumni Magazine "Red & White For Life". On April 21st, 2011 (the store's 39th Anniversary and also national Record Store Day) Schoolkids broke a record and had the best sales day in their 39 year history. Customers lined up for over 4 hours to get exclusive vinyl releases by such artists as The Flaming Lips, Ryan Adams, Phish and Sigur Ros. The day also featured in-store performances by The Dexter Romweber Duo, Michael Rank & Stag, John Howie & Rosewood Bluff, The dB's Chris Stamey and Delta Rae.
The historic Hillsborough Street location is directly across the street from NC State University's famous Bell Tower. The store is also the home location to two other music industry staples, as its the home for the national music magazine publication, Blurt Magazine as well as the indie label, Second Motion Records, all owned by the owner of Schoolkids Records. Goes to show we are here to stay and will be involved in whatever way we can in the future of music.
Some Recent News and Press:
Schoolkids Records to keep rockin' despite move: http://www.wral.com/lifestyles/travel/video/12470865/#/vid12470865
Small businesses told to move to make room for hotel: http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/12422317/#/vid12422317
"Destination Hotel" Project could begin new era on Hillsborough St.: http://triangle.news14.com/content/top_stories/693882/-destination-hotel--project-could-begin-new-era-on-hillsborough-street