Sharp! Flicknife Records and Other Adventures

Sharp! Flicknife Records and Other Adventures

by Marco 'Frenchy' Gloder, Greg Healey


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'Sharp! Flicknife Records and Other Adventures' is an unflinching and honest portrait of Marc Frenchy Gloder's journey from Grenoble ghetto to independent record label success at the heart of London's music scene. Published on 1st September 2016 by New Haven, Marco Frenchy Gloder's memoirs is co-written with Greg Healey and is the result of over two years of extensive interviews. A fascinating and in depth insight into the world of counter culture and alternative music, from the mid 1960s to the early 1990s, it touches on Soul boys, freaks, punks, goth and beyond.A tale of tragedy, excess, adventure and close calls it describes Europe's exploding post war youth movements at first hand.Frenchy gives a unique insight into the festivals, communes and student strikes of the late 1960s, life in the squats of early Punk, and the rise of independent music in the 80s.Be it the street gangs of his youth, who settled their differences with knife fights, or his doomed attempt to smuggle heroin from Iran that ended in imprisonment in an Iranian jail, Frenchy's story has the kind of drama that comes from living life on the edge.As he found his place in the music business with the launch of Flicknife, Frenchy worked with some of the most important names in alternative music. Hawkwind, Alien Sex Fiend , Charlie Harper, Glen Matlock, The Saints, The Barracudas and many more found a home on his label, and he hung out with a host of others, including Lemmy, Jimmy Page and the Velvet Underground's Nico. A truly extraordinary memoir of truly extraordinary times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781910705421
Publisher: New Haven Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 09/26/2016
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

From a romani Italian background, Marco 'Frenchy' Gloder spent his early years travelling. In the early 1970's, he was back on the road, spending the 'summer of love' in Amsterdam and later, on the now famous 'hippy trail' going to and from India. After arriving in London in 1976 and being part of the early punk scene, he started Flicknife Records and associated labels, in 1980. By 1985, it was a top 10 Indie label after having 2 top 50 albums and 3 top 60 singles plus 10 top 10 Indie Charts singles. Frenchy worked with bands of all genres giving him wide experience in targeting the right market. Furthermore, Flicknife was the first label to release bands and artists such as Dogs &Dgrave;Amour, Ozric Tentacles, London Cowboys and many more.

SG records, the dance label of Flicknife was distributed through Virgin and was very successful with SOHO and Adamski, scoring a #7 hit and a Top 10 album.

Lately, Flicknife Records signed Slydigs, a band that is now thriving, currently on tour with the Who in Canada/USA.. In April 2015, the Voluntears were added to the roster. This band has attracted a lot of media attention and have been tipped for a great future.

As Record Collector put it L:'Flicknife Records' catalogue is a who's who of the underground. A truly legendary UK label'.

Greg Healey is a writer, visual artist and musician. He has been writing about music and culture for over ten years for a variety of publications. He was a staff writer for the American arts journal Redefine and in recent years he has become a regular contributor of interviews, features, think pieces and reviews to Shindig! Magazine.

Beginning in 2004 Greg became an early champion of net labels and creative commons music, writing for the German net audio bible Phlow and producing and presenting the internationally popular Analogue Island show for Penwith Radio, before going on to become a regular DJ for Dandelion Radio.

As a musician Greg has released three albums under the name HealeyIsland and has enjoyed a wide range of radio play, including on BBC Radio 6. He has shown his art works throughout the UK and in Europe and continues to explore ideas around narrative and memory through his video pieces.

Greg is currently writing a book about the politics and culture of the 1970s for New Haven Publishing.

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