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Richard King, How Soon is Now?

How Soon is Now?

Richard King

‘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.

RRP: £12.99

Published: 11/02/2017

ISBN: 9780571340217

Length: 640 pages

Format: Paperback

Richard King

About Richard King

Richard King is the author of the acclaimed How Soon Is Now? orginally published in 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. His second book Original Rockers was published in 2015 and name in books of the year by The Times, Uncut and Rough Trade. He has spent over twenty years at the heart of the independent music industry as an A&R and curator. He lives in mid-Wales.