From Edison to iTunes - A History of the Record Label - BBC Radio (2009)
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Four episodes of one hour each.
Paul Morley and his guests consider how technological changes and
record companies have influenced the music we listen to.
Parts 1 & 2:
With the help of Jac Holzman, Morty Craft, Marshall Chess, Chris
Wright and Simon Draper, the record men behind such labels as Elektra,
Warwick, Chess, Chrysalis and Virgin, Paul Morley charts the changing
relationship between artists and labels, and explores how record
companies developed their own distinctiveness around the taste and
style of certain individuals. To what extent did these maverick talent
spotters, playboys, dreamers, money-men and taste-makers mould the
shape and momentum of popular music for decades to come?
Paul Morley traces the winding path taken by record labels during the
80's and 90's in the company of such label bosses as Lucian Grainge,
Mike Smith, Tony Wadsworth, Geoff Travis, Alan McGee, Lawrence Bell,
Jonathan Poneman, Martin Mills, Steve Beckett and Seymour Stein (the
men responsible for Universal Music, Columbia, EMI, Rough Trade,
Creation, Domino, Sub Pop, Beggars, Warp and Sire). Would the CD bring
untold wealth and expansion or sow the potential seeds of destruction
for the record industry? Or would following a more traditional
artist-centred way of operating save the day?
First broadcast in 2009.
Paul Morley concludes his personal portrait of the music industry,
told through the many iconic and generation-defining record labels
that helped mould it.
Paul considers the future of the music industry in the dgital download
age and asks whether there's still a place for record labels - with
the help of such record label bosses as Lucian Grainge (Universal),
Mike Smith (Columbia), Nick Gatfield (EMI), Martin Mills (Beggars),
Richard Russell (XL), Geoff Travis (Rough Trade), Alan McGee
(Creation), Lawrence Bell (Domino), Jonathan Poneman (Sub Pop), Steve
Beckett (Warp), Mark Jones (Wall of Sound) and Seymour Stein (Sire).