The Roots’ drummer and frontman Questlove will be auctioning off his massive vinyl collection, with all proceeds donated to charity this Friday.
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Well-known as a musician, producer, New York Times best-selling author and music-lover overall, Questlove is also a fanatic vinyl collector. Yet he has remained rather secretive about his assortment of records, with the only intimate behind-the-scenes look published by blog group Dust and Grooves back in 2014. The same group will host the auction as it takes place live on Whatnot, the livestreaming shopping app. Viewers are sure to hear the musician’s thoughts on each individual album as they sell, and in fact, Questlove plans on it.
“If you know me and you know my passion for record shopping, you know that I’m a binge shopper and I’ve got over 200,000 records,” Questlove says in his announcement on Dust and Grooves’ instagram. In light of May 19th being both the Roots’ first album’s thirtieth anniversary and National Record Store Day, he announced: “I’m gonna do something really special. I’m gonna raise some money to benefit a cause near and dear to my heart, The Future Food Entrepreneurship and the Food Education Fund.”
The Future Food Entrepreneurship and the Food Education Fund are both non-profits focused on supporting public high school students in the culinary arts and food spaces. He also explains that, as part of the auction, one winner will hang out with him one-on-one to shop for some more records. “In that stream on Whatnot I’m also gonna pick a person to go binge shopping at my favorite record store in New York City, called A1 Records. That’s where I get a lot of my records when I’m in New York City.”
Check out the full announcement video below, and the livestream on Whatnot starting Friday, April 7 at 3:15 p.m. ET.