How Soon Is Now? - The Madmen and Mavericks Who Made Independent Music 1975-2005

Author(s): Richard King

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'If you look at all the people involved - Ivo, Tony Wilson, McGee, Geoff Travis, myself - nobody had a clue about running a record company, and that was the best thing about it.' Daniel Miller, Mute Records


One of the most tangible aftershocks of punk was its prompt to individuals: do it yourself. A generation was inspired, and often with no planning or business sense, in bedrooms, record-shop back offices and sheds, labels such as Factory, Rough Trade, Mute, Beggars Banquet, 4AD, Creation, Warp and Domino began. From humble beginnings, some of the most influential artists were allowed to thrive: Orange Juice, New Order, Depeche Mode, Happy Mondays, The Smiths, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine, Aphex Twin, Teenage Fanclub, The Arctic Monkeys. How Soon Is Now? is a landmark survey of the artists, the labels, and the mavericks behind them who had the vision and bloody-mindedness to turn the music world on its head.


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A landmark survey of independent music; the record labels and the inspirational, eccentric and visionary figures who created them.

Richard King is the author of the acclaimed How Soon Is Now? (2012), which was named Sunday Times Music Book of the Year. His writing has appeared in the Observer, Vice, Guardian, Caught by the River and many other publications. He was co-editor of loops, an occasional journal of music writing published jointly by Faber & Faber and Domino Records. He has spent over twenty years at the heart of the independent music industry as an A&R and curator. Original Rockers is his second book. He lives in mid-Wales.

General Fields

  • : 9780571340217
  • : Faber & Faber, Limited
  • : Faber & Faber, Limited
  • : November 2017
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 38mm
  • : September 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Richard King
  • : Paperback
  • : Main
  • : English
  • : 338.761781660941
  • : 640