Author: Rob Young

Publication date: 2007

Black Dog Publishing

Publishers description:

4AD: Labels Unlimited is a vivid account one of the worlds most respected and important independent record labels. 4AD was started in London in 1979 by Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent, inspired by John Peel's legendary radio shows and pioneering early labels such as Factory and Postcard. Over the ensuing years the label has released a startling array of innovative and brilliant records. Famous for it's eclecticism, 4AD released many of the most important and exciting records of the 1980s. From the wired and visceral howl of The Birthday Party to the artful and atmospheric dream-pop of the Cocteau Twins and Dead Can Dance, the label also released records by Bauhaus, Modern English, This Mortal Coil and The Breeders. Famously 4AD also launched the career of the hugely influential Pixies, one of the best-loved bands of the era. Hugely entertaining, 4AD looks back at the fascinating history of the label. 4AD is still going strong today with artists on its roster including Mountain Goats, TV On The Radio, M Ward and the inimitable Scott Walker. 4AD profiles all these artists and much more as the story of one of the defining eras in modern music is superbly recounted.
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