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Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Record Industry von [Murphy, Gareth]
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A fascinating account of the way recorded music has evolved, touched people and helped shape popular culture as we know it today. -- Sir George Martin, legendary record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician If this book was a group, I would definitely sign them. It is that good. -- Geoff Travis, founder of Rough Trade A fascinating trawl through music industry history ... thoroughly researched -- Will Hodgkinson * Times * An all encompassing history of not only what might be termed the hardware of popular music from Thomas Edison's cylinders to the MP3 downloads of today, but the machinations, artistic high jinks and public scams that accompanied it -- John Clarke * Independent * Compendious and tantalising ... The research is solid ... His original interviews - with Elektra's Jac Holzman, Def Jam/American impresario and super-producer Rick Rubin, Sire boss Seymour Stein, and Virgin's Simon Draper among many - are candid and insightful. -- Kitty Empire * Observer * Entertaining ... comprehensive ... an illuminating history that throws new light on familiar landmarks ... excellent. -- Graeme Thomson * Mail on Sunday * Enjoyable ... colourful ... Murphy paints lively portraits -- Helen Brown * Telegraph * This lovingly written book ... is a celebration of the indie heroes who shaped the industry while giving groundbreaking artists a platform ... Like the Last Shop Standing of record labels, Cowboys And Indies tells their story * Record Collector Magazine * A fascinating read. Murphy has written an almost immaculate account of the rollercoaster that is the industry, and how the recording industry developed from its beginnings at the end of the nineteenth century. It will surely be an eye-opener for anybody who has ever purchased one of its artefacts, whether on a seven-inch single, a CD or a download, and wondered how and where the whole process started. * Bookbag * Extremely readable ... A fascinating fare about an intriguing industry and Murphy's Cowboys and Indies pans out as the most rewarding book of its kind to date. One suspects there are plenty more tales for another volume. -- Fred Dellar * Mojo * An entertaining glimpse behind the scenes, and an informative overview of how the industry has evolved -- Ian Critchley * Sunday Times * Greed, ambition, genius and idealism coalesce to create a vibrant and compelling narrative - a must for music fans and culture vultures alike -- Roisin Dwyer * Hot Press * This passionate compendium ... is the tale of the moguls who have twisted the melons of musicians, profited from them, created them, ripped the gullets from plenty. Often these days - with musicologies, Wikipedia and Discogs doing it faster - books can take too long, but this book busts through the platinum disc-plated houses with interviews from the megalords of the industry ... Strangely mirroring the music industry perfectly, this tale of Cowboys and Indies is thorough on each glorious era of debauchery and blag. * DJ Magazine *


Cowboys and Indies is nothing less than the first definitive history of the recording industry on both sides of the Atlantic.

From the invention of the earliest known sound-recording device in 1850s Paris to the CD crash and digital boom today, author and industry insider Gareth Murphy takes readers on an immensely entertaining and encyclopedic ride through the many cataclysmic musical, cultural, and technological changes that shaped a century and a half of the industry.

This invaluable narrative focuses especially on the game changers---the label founders, talent scouts, and legendary A&R men. Murphy highlights:

· Otto Heinemann's pioneer label Okeh, which spread blues and jazz "race" records across America

· how one man, Henry Speir, discovered nearly all the Delta blues legends (Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, Son House, Tommy Johnson)

· Sam Phillips's seminal work with Chess and Sun Records

· John Hammond's discoveries (Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen)

· the behind-the-scenes players of the British Invasion

· Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, and the corporate music machine

· the Machiavellian moves of punk impresario Malcolm McLaren (Sex Pistols)

· Chris Blackwell's triumphs for Island Records (Bob Marley, U2)

· Sylvia Robinson and Tom Silverman, the hip-hop explorers behind the Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash, and Afrika Bambaataa

...and much, much more. Murphy also offers a provocative look at the future through the ruminations of such vanguard figures as Martin Mills (4AD, XL Recordings, Matador, Rough Trade) and genre-busting producer Rick Rubin (Run-D.M.C., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Johnny Cash).

Drawing from memoirs, archives, and more than one hundred exclusive interviews with the legends of the record industry, including the founders and CEOs of Atlantic, Chrysalis, Virgin, A&M, Sub Pop, and Sire, this book reveals the secret history behind the hit-making craft. Remarkable in scope and impressive in depth, Cowboys and Indies chronicles the pioneers who set the stylus on the most important labels and musical discoveries in history.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 4344 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 399 Seiten
  • Verlag: Thomas Dunne Books (17. Juni 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00HBQ2D56
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