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Document and Eyewitness : An Intimate History of Rough Trade - Neil Taylor

Document and Eyewitness

An Intimate History of Rough Trade

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Published: 22nd July 2010
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Rough Trade is practically a byword for the history of independent music over the last thirty years. The Rough Trade Story: Document and Eyewitness tells the story from the inside of a phenomenally influential record label, through the voices of Geoff Travis, Jarvis Cocker, Robert Wyatt, Green Gartside and many many more. From the early records of Cabaret Voltaire, Kleenex and the Swell Maps, through to groundbreaking releases by The Fall, The Smiths and Scritti Pollitti, on through the collapse of the independent collective and the rebirth of Rough Trade at the turn of the century, this will be the definitive, essential account for any serious music fan.

'Document and Eyewitness is an essential purchase for anyone who was involved in or influenced by the punk maelstrom of 1976, a riveting evocation of a period in musical history that becomes more important the further we get away from it... Taylor's book is a joy... If you read one music book this summer, make it this one.' -- Dylan Jones INDEPENDENT DOCUMENT AND EYEWITNESS's treatment of its main players is affectionate-going-hagiographical, but the implication of that end-point is inescapable. The journey from the mid-70s to now denotes the arrival of an altogether duller world: music that tends to be reverential rather than iconoclastic.' GUARDIAN 'Taylor knows his stuff, painting a picture of a chaotic organisation with a good heart... a story that's fascinating and entertaining in equal measure.' BIG ISSUE 'The Fall and the Smiths - even if these were the only bands Rough Trade had signed it would be worth a 400-plus page book like this.' MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS 'The journey from the mid-70s to now denotes the arrival of an altogether duller world: music that tends to be reverential rather than iconoclastic.' GUARDIAN 'Long overdue... The type of reader who buys rock biographies will crave the detailed information that spans the late 70s to 1991 - and they will not be disappointed ****. RECORD COLLECTOR

Author's Notep. xiii
Cast (as they appear)p. xv
Beforep. 1
202 Kensington Park Road - Rock 'N' Roll Mechanicsp. 3
Pre-1976: 'It poured down with rain and a Rolls-Royce pulled up'p. 21
1976: 'They were like four soft toys commandeered by the Wicked Witch of the West'p. 44
1977: 'Having a customer walk in was an event. You had to pretend not to get too excited'p. 65
1978: 'These were people I considered to be at the height of cool'p. 85
1979: 'What we were trying to achieve could not be achieved short of driving the machines mad'p. 112
1980: 'I'm proud to say that Geoff once said to me, ôYou may not be our most successful artist or even our best but you're certainly our cheapestö'p. 139
137 Blenheim Crescent - 'Futuristic Record Label'p. 169
1981: 'And they've blown it all on plywood'p. 176
1982: 'When the Obscene Publications guys came in they were rather jolly'p. 204
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'p. 231
Collier Street and After - the Modelp. 253
1984-85: 'At the end all he said was, ôJesus Christ! I don't think I could get anyone to buy thisö'p. 260
1986-87: 'Wear sunglasses at all times - tick: done that'p. 286
1988-89: 'Don't worry, Richard, nothing is lost to the universal mind'p. 307
1990-91: 'Like some giant machine out of Dr Who'p. 324
Afterp. 341
An Interlude: 'As it turned out, there were far too many chiefs at One Little Indian'p. 343
66 Golborne Road - Rough Trade Reduxp. 359
2000-05: 'The call would come in: Peter was in jail and needed bailing out'p. 364
2006-: 'A suck-it-and-see deal: bang in a quarter of a million pounds or thereabouts and give it a spin'p. 384
Epilogue The Last Cartel Meeting, 25/04/09p. 401
Cast (as they appear to be now)p. 402
Those Who Served (and continue to serve)p. 404
Bibliographyp. 406
Notesp. 410
Acknowledgementsp. 414
Backwordp. 415
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ISBN: 9780752853581
ISBN-10: 0752853589
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 22nd July 2010
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.2  x 4.2
Weight (kg): 0.63

Neil Taylor

Neil Taylor is an expert on brands, and how they use language. He's creative director of The Writer (www.thewriter.co.uk), and has been described as "the David Beckham of naming" (when that was still good). He's helped clients name everything from supermarkets to TV technology to toilet roll. He was previously a senior naming consultant at global brand consultancy Interbrand.

Most days, he spends his time training people to become better writers at work (when he's not writing the menus for Greek restaurant chains). He works with people like the BBC, Unilever, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sotheby's and 3.

He's also written Search Me: The surprising success of Google, co-edited From Here to Here: Stories inspired by London's Circle Line, and is a contributor to Common Ground: Around Britain in 30 writers and 26 Letters: Illuminating the alphabet, also published by Cyan. And he's on the board of business writers' group 26.

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