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Rob Young

Black Dog Publishing, 2006
192 pages
190 colour illustrations
ISBN: 1904772471

Filled with archive images, profiles and interviews, Rough Trade tells the story of a label that altered the landscape of the music industry, and traces the development of independent music in Britain over the past 30 years.

Geoff Travis set up the record label Rough Trade as a communistic, DIY alternative to the mainstream in the mid 70s, and it became one of the most influential companies in Britain's music history. Celebrating its 30th year in 2006, the label has cut hundreds of ground breaking records by artists including The Smiths, The Raincoats, Scritti Politti, The Pop Group, The Go-Betweens, Aztec Camera, Robert Wyatt, The Fall, Arthur Russell, Ivor Cutler, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Galaxie 500 and Mazzy Star.

Rob Young, editor at large of The Wire magazine looks back at the history of Rough Trade, tracing the changes that have occurred over the past three decades across the board; examining both the production aspect of the company and the distribution and record shops that operate as separate businesses with worldwide reputations.


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