Document and Eyewitness: An Intimate History of Rough Trade

Overview

The British record company Rough Trade has been a pioneer in the independent music industry for more than 30 years. Document and Eyewitness tells the definitive story of this trailblazing label through the voices of founder Geoff Travis, Jarvis Cocker, Robert Wyatt, Green Gartside, and other musicians. Serious fans of punk, dub, and rock will learn more about the bands they love-from Cabaret Voltaire and Kleenex to The Fall, The Smiths, and beyond.
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Overview

The British record company Rough Trade has been a pioneer in the independent music industry for more than 30 years. Document and Eyewitness tells the definitive story of this trailblazing label through the voices of founder Geoff Travis, Jarvis Cocker, Robert Wyatt, Green Gartside, and other musicians. Serious fans of punk, dub, and rock will learn more about the bands they love-from Cabaret Voltaire and Kleenex to The Fall, The Smiths, and beyond.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752853581
  • Publisher: Orion
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Taylor worked for the NME during the mid-1980s and has more recently worked in publishing. He is a dedicated regionalist and now lives in Winchester.

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Table of Contents

Author's Note xiii

Cast (as they appear) xv

Before 1

Part 1 202 Kensington Park Road - Rock 'N' Roll Mechanics 3

Chapter 1 Pre-1976: 'It poured down with rain and a Rolls-Royce pulled up' 21

Chapter 2 1976: 'They were like four soft toys commandeered by the Wicked Witch of the West' 44

Chapter 3 1977: 'Having a customer walk in was an event. You had to pretend not to get too excited' 65

Chapter 4 1978: 'These were people I considered to be at the height of cool' 85

Chapter 5 1979: 'What we were trying to achieve could not be achieved short of driving the machines mad' 112

Chapter 6 1980: 'I'm proud to say that Geoff once said to me, "You may not be our most successful artist or even our best but you're certainly our cheapest"' 139

Part 2 137 Blenheim Crescent - 'Futuristic Record Label' 169

Chapter 7 1981: 'And they've blown it all on plywood' 176

Chapter 8 1982: 'When the Obscene Publications guys came in they were rather jolly' 204

Chapter 9 1983: 'Just because we were southerners didn't mean we couldn't see the beauty of their uncovering of that particular layer of northern Englishness' 231

Part 3 Collier Street and After - the Model 253

Chapter 10 1984-85: 'At the end all he said was, "Jesus Christ! I don't think I could get anyone to buy this"' 260

Chapter 11 1986-87: 'Wear sunglasses at all times - tick: done that' 286

Chapter 12 1988-89: 'Don't worry, Richard, nothing is lost to the universal mind' 307

Chapter 13 1990-91: 'Like some giant machine out of Dr Who' 324

After 341

Chapter 14 An Interlude: 'As it turned out, there were far too many chiefs at One Little Indian' 343

Part 4 66 Golborne Road - Rough Trade Redux 359

Chapter 15 2000-05: 'The call would come in: Peter was in jail and needed bailing out' 364

Chapter 16 2006-: 'A suck-it-and-see deal: bang in a quarter of a million pounds or thereabouts and give it a spin' 384

Epilogue The Last Cartel Meeting, 25/04/09 401

Cast (as they appear to be now) 402

Those Who Served (and continue to serve) 404

Bibliography 406

Notes 410

Acknowledgements 414

Backword 415

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