By Richard Balls
That used to be the conflict cry of a list label introduced in 1976 by means of maverick marketers Jake Riviera and Dave Robinson. Championing the underdogs - the sq. pegs that didn’t healthy the tune industry’s around holes - Stiff files tore up the rulebook, packaging and advertising their artists in ways in which made the most important labels seem like dinosaurs.
They grew to become pub rockers akin to Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello and Ian Dury into hip new wavers. The Damned’s ‘New Rose’ gave Stiff the UK’s first punk unmarried too. insanity and The Pogues additionally joined this eclectic roster.
It all begun in a small west London store ahead of going worldwide in the course of an eleven-year rollercoaster journey of rock ‘n’ roll extra, fights, package deal excursions and wreck hit files. And it didn’t cease there; Stiff was once reborn in 2006 and is going from power to power to this day.
Richard Balls (author of intercourse & medications & Rock ‘N’ Roll: The lifetime of Ian Dury) tells Stiff’s notable tale for the 1st time through unique study and greater than 50 interviews with those that have been there, akin to Shane MacGowan, Lene Lovich, Jona Lewie, Wreckless Eric and Graham Parker.
Read this attention-grabbing ebook and be mindful whilst rock used to be fun.
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Be Stiff: The Stiff Records Story by Richard Balls