In the early 2000s, Detroit-born musician and Cass Tech graduate Jack White spearheaded the garage rock revival with his role in The White Stripes and his music label Third Man Records, and now he's helping every vinyl-collector's dream come true with a new Third Man Records brick and mortar location in Detroit's Cass Corridor. According to Detroit News, this is the second location for the music label with the first based in Nashville, Tennessee, where White currently lives. Hundreds of guests attended the record store's grand opening this past Friday despite chill and rainy weather, eagerly anticipating reissues from artists like Marvin Gaye, the Supremes, and Miracles. At the event, there were musical performances by Nashville's Margo Price and Lillie Mae Rische and Detroit's Timmy's Organism. Inside the 4,000-square-foot store, guests can discover not only vinyl records, but T-shirts, scarves, and other merchandise from White's label.
While Cass Corridor is known more for its run-down, aging buildings than its lively music scene, White described the area as "the perfect place for the renaissance ... [of] Detroit," at a private party at the shop last Thursday. Just north of the location in Midtown is the $450 million Detroit Red Wings hockey arena currently under construction. The first vinyl pressing plant in Detroit since the 1960s is also scheduled to debut with Third Man Records' third vinyl pressing plant. The plant is expected to open by mid-2016 in the same building as the satellite store at 441 West Canfield Street. The 10,000-square-foot plant will house eight working presses and will offer options for young artists and DIY labels.
· Rocker Jack White's Third Man Records store opens in Detroit [Associated Press/Yahoo News]
· Third Man opened Friday with long lines, loud bands [The Detroit News]
· The Third Man Vinyl Pressing Plant [Third Man Records]
· Old West Village House Becomes Neighborhood Record Shop [Curbed Detroit]
· For Record Store Day, a Map of Presses Where Vinyl Is Made [Curbed National]