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DJ Albo Is The First Ever Political Ambassador For Record Store Day

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Australian Record Store Day has announced Labor pollie and music obsessive Anthony Albanese – aka DJ Albo – as it's first ever political ambassador.

In his day job, DJ Albo is the federal member for Grayndler, a former deputy prime minister and now shadow transport minister.

The inner western Sydney MP shares the ambassadorial honours with Mark Gable (Choirboys), Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens), Trials and Briggs (A.B. Original), Catherine Britt, record collector Steve Kouta and industry veteran Tim Dalton.

Albanese has previously hosted Rage and says he's perfect for the job as he's one of the few politicians to regularly attend live music gigs.

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"Record stores bring people together," Albanese said. "In the words of the late great Chuck Berry: 'Music is an important part of our culture and record stores play a vital part in keeping the power of music alive'."

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2017 is the 10th anniversary of International Record Store Day.

Alice Workman is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Canberra.

Contact Alice Workman at alice.workman@buzzfeed.com.

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