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Customers in Freebird Records on Wicklow Street in Dublin hoped to get some of the many limited-edition Record Store Day releases by Irish and international acts. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Independent record stores in Dublin enjoyed a vinyl revival on Saturday when music fans came out in droves to support international Record Stor(...)

Music fans digging in the crates at   Freebird Records on Wicklow Street in Dublin during  Record Store Day yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

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Iggy and the Stooges performing at Mohawk during the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas this month. Photograph: Josh Haner/The New York Times

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