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By Gareth Murphy

Cowboys and Indies is not anything below the 1st definitive heritage of the recording on each side of the Atlantic.

From the discovery of the earliest identified sound-recording equipment in 1850s Paris to the CD crash and electronic growth at the present time, writer and insider Gareth Murphy takes readers on an immensely enjoyable and encyclopedic journey in the course of the many cataclysmic musical, cultural, and technological alterations that formed a century and a half the industry.

This beneficial narrative focuses specifically at the video game changers---the label founders, expertise scouts, and mythical A&R males. Murphy highlights:

· Otto Heinemann's pioneer label Okeh, which unfold blues and jazz "race" files throughout America

· how one guy, Henry Speir, came upon approximately the entire Delta blues legends (Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, Son condo, Tommy Johnson)

· Sam Phillips's seminal paintings with Chess and sunlight Records

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

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

· Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, and the company track machine

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

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

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

...and a lot, even more. Murphy additionally bargains a provocative examine the long run in the course of the ruminations of such forefront figures as Martin generators (4AD, XL Recordings, Matador, tough exchange) and genre-busting manufacturer Rick Rubin (Run-D.M.C., pink scorching Chili Peppers, Metallica, Johnny Cash).

Drawing from memoirs, data, and multiple hundred specific interviews with the legends of the checklist undefined, together with the founders and CEOs of Atlantic, Chrysalis, Virgin, A&M, Sub Pop, and Sire, this publication unearths the key heritage at the back of the hit-making craft. amazing in scope and bold extensive, Cowboys and Indies chronicles the pioneers who set the stylus at the most vital labels and musical discoveries in history.

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