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The official story of 25 years of Rough Trade Records. Part authorised biography of Geoff Travis, part history of punk and independent music and part an exercise in nostalgia, DIY: An Oral History of Rough Trade will be an essential music book for serious music fans. It tells the story of a phenomenally influential record label through the voices of Geoff Travis, John Peel, Patti Smith, Jarvis Cocher, Robert Wyatt and many many more.
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This oral history of the Rough Trade Shop, Record Label and Distribution company is a fascinating account of the heyday and collapse of the most influential indie company of them all. It also stands as an example of the problems of running a succesful business according to alternative principles. It assumes a knowledge of the music it talks about - if you don't know who The Raincoats were, or who Daniel Miller is, this book isn't going to tell you and you might want to give it a miss. If you like your music groundbreaking and your politics revolutionary, and your not afraid to wade through the contradictions and the disappointments, then this is a great read.