An Encyclopedia of Political Record Labels

Josh MacPhee (Author)


Publisher: Common Notions
Format: Book
Binding: pb
Pages: 208
Released: October 1, 2019
ISBN-13: 9781942173113

“Every entry [in Encyclopedia] opens a window onto a different story of creativity and resistance … A totally mind-blowing accomplishment.” —Guy Picciotto, Fugazi

An Encyclopedia of Political Record Labels is a compendium of information about political music. Focusing on vinyl records, and the labels that released them, this reference book traces the parallel rise of social movements in the second half of the twentieth century and the vinyl record as the dominant form of music distribution.

From A-Disc (the record label of the Swedish Labor Movement) to Zulu Records (the label of free jazz pioneer Phil Choran), An Encyclopedia of Political Record Labels is a compelling panorama of political sound and action, including over 750 record labels that produced political music. Each entry features the logo of the label, a brief synopsis of its history, and additional interesting information. Truly international in scope, over two dozen countries and territories are represented, as well as a myriad of musical styles and forms.

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