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Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Record Industry [Format Kindle]

Gareth Murphy
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Cowboys and Indies is nothing less than the first definitive history of the recording industry on both sides of the Atlantic.

From the invention of the earliest known sound-recording device in 1850s Paris to the CD crash and digital boom today, author and industry insider Gareth Murphy takes readers on an immensely entertaining and encyclopedic ride through the many cataclysmic musical, cultural, and technological changes that shaped a century and a half of the industry.

This invaluable narrative focuses especially on the game changers---the label founders, talent scouts, and legendary A&R men. Murphy highlights:

· Otto Heinemann's pioneer label Okeh, which spread blues and jazz "race" records across America

· how one man, Henry Speir, discovered nearly all the Delta blues legends (Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, Son House, Tommy Johnson)

· Sam Phillips's seminal work with Chess and Sun Records

· John Hammond's discoveries (Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen)

· the behind-the-scenes players of the British Invasion

· Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, and the corporate music machine

· the Machiavellian moves of punk impresario Malcolm McLaren (Sex Pistols)

· Chris Blackwell's triumphs for Island Records (Bob Marley, U2)

· Sylvia Robinson and Tom Silverman, the hip-hop explorers behind the Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash, and Afrika Bambaataa

...and much, much more. Murphy also offers a provocative look at the future through the ruminations of such vanguard figures as Martin Mills (4AD, XL Recordings, Matador, Rough Trade) and genre-busting producer Rick Rubin (Run-D.M.C., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Johnny Cash).

Drawing from memoirs, archives, and more than one hundred exclusive interviews with the legends of the record industry, including the founders and CEOs of Atlantic, Chrysalis, Virgin, A&M, Sub Pop, and Sire, this book reveals the secret history behind the hit-making craft. Remarkable in scope and impressive in depth, Cowboys and Indies chronicles the pioneers who set the stylus on the most important labels and musical discoveries in history.


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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 399 pages
  • Editeur : Thomas Dunne Books (17 juin 2014)
  • Langue : Anglais
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Dès le début on se retrouve aspiré dans l'histoire, puis on découvre ce monde de la musique : reflet de notre société à travers le temps.

Il est question de technologie, de course à l'innovation et aux dépots de brevets, mais surtout de personnalités ( musiciens, businessmen,...) qui vont façonner ce business si convoité et des plus complexes.

Une saga des plus intéressantes qui m'a tenue en haleine.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 INTERESTING LOOK AT THE RECORD INDUSTRY--BOTH LARGE AND SMALL LABELS 22 juin 2014
Par Stuart Jefferson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"We're not an industry. It's every man for himself." Jac Holzman, Elektra Records.

"You name it, it all started with the indies." Seymour Stein, Sire Records.

"All I've ever cared about is finding music and finding ways of bringing it to people." Geoff Travis, Rough Trade.

"With every great musician I have discovered there was never a moments doubt. Lights flash. Rockets go off. Where is everybody? Why didn't they hear it? This has always amazed me." John Hammond, producer.

This informative and interesting book was published with little fanfare--which is too bad. For those of us who find the history of the recording industry interesting, this is one of the best overviews available. This is a chronological look at the recording industry from the earliest period up through to the present time. From the early sound device of the 1850's in Paris, to the CD and digital eras, Gareth Murphy (over three years of research and writing) has spun an interesting and informative look at the industry. From the wheeling and dealings of early inventors/investors (buyouts, lawsuits), to the effects of population migration (the rise of blues and jazz), to radio's effect on the industry ("a lone ranch-man in Arizona might set up a pocket-receiver and learn the latest news."), and on and on, this book lays everything out in a very readable style.

With help from such recording industry notables like Jac Holzman (Elektra label), Jerry Moss (A&M), Andrew Loog Oldham (Rolling Stones/Immediate labels), Martin Mills (Beggars Banquet), Chris Wright and Terry Ellis (Chrysalis), Geoff Travis (Rough Trade), Larry Harris (Casablanca), Tim Clark (Island), Andrew Lauder (United Artists), Bruce Pavitt (Sub Pop), Rick Rubin (Def Jam), and others, the author paints a picture of the inner workings of the industry. In addition Murphy uses other relatively unknown people connected to the industry to tell his story--all of whom help flesh out this inside look at the music industry. Also included are eight pages of b&w photographs including Thomas Edison (the phonograph), Emile Berliner (the gramophone), Enrico Caruso (the first real "superstar"), Ralph Peer (one of the first "record men"), John Lomax (musicologist), George Martin (The Beatles et al), William Paley (CBS founder), John Hammond (A&R legend), and a number of other important industry people. There's also a Bibliography and an Index.

The author's research was taken from letters, archives, trade journals, and many hours of interviews with many of the "insiders" in the industry. The chronological outlay takes readers to places like New York N.Y., Jamaica, Memphis, Detroit, Los Angeles, South Africa, London, and other areas across the globe--wherever his research led him. And of course the musical genres included are many--opera, classical, r,n,r, folk, r&b, blues, jazz, progressive rock/jazz, Jamaican (a pet peeve of mine--incorrectly labeled "reggae" music, which is a type of Jamaican music like Roots, Dub, Lovers Rock, Ska, etc. by Westerners), disco, punk, New Wave, psychedelic, synth-pop, hip-hop, electronic, and anything else along the way. Some of the information you'll have come across before (Sam Phillips/Sun Records-Elvis, Lewis/John Hammond/Columbia Records-Holiday, Dylan, Springsteen/Berry Gordy/Motown-Diana Ross/George Martin/EMI-The Beatles, etc.), but overall the author has included enough new and interesting information, and laid it out in such a way, to make this book well worth reading. It's interesting to read about the various genres of music that were popular and commercially viable throughout the different periods in the industry--beginning with opera, to classical, ragtime, "jass" (early jazz), blues, jazz, r'n'r, and on into the present time. Plus Murphy has included small yet important and interesting things, like information on the iconic RCA logo of a dog peering into a musical horn--"His Master's Voice"--which came from a novelty painting by Barraud, which Emile Berliner (who played a large part in the very early period of the recording industry) received from his London office in 1899.

Murphy has written an easy to follow (but not "simple") in-depth look at the workings of the record industry that lays everything out in an understandable, informative, and interesting way. He writes that even though the industry has it's ups and downs--it's cyclical--there will always be a need for "record men" and record labels. There's a belief in the industry that artists will always need the record industry because it's based largely on newcomers who need a record label and record men who know the business. The title "Cowboys and Indies" is based on two major points--music or money. Murphy looks at the large companies where the bottom line is money, as opposed to smaller labels where the music comes first--also generally known as the "majors versus the indies" argument. Plus, his grasp of the history of the industry--including it's very beginnings--touches on the pertinent people ("Truth was that I wanted to get out of the rat race." Dylan on his 1966 motorcycle accident), albums ("I've just bought my kids each a copy of it for their education in life...It's the classic of the Century." McCartney on "Pet Sounds".) eras, and events (like the Petrillo Ban, the Depression, WWII, etc.) that have made the industry what it is today. The inventions and refinements of "talking" machines, the trial and error of what to use to record sound, and the vast fortunes made and lost throughout the years in the record industry make for informative and lively reading if you're (like me) into the history of the industry. The technical side of recording sound is looked at in general terms without bogging down in dry specifics. You come away with just enough information to understand the evolution of recording in the different eras, and how each step was an important building block to the next.

With his international look at the industry Murphy traces the growth of the companies and the men who run them. He likens them to explorers and adventurers looking for the next big thing, and "enjoying the roller-coaster ride as it's happening". He lays out in an interesting fashion information on the pioneer label founders who helped spread blues and then jazz across the U.S.. How both Sam Phillips (Sun) and John Hammond (Columbia) discovered and nurtured a number of well known artists (Elvis, Cash, Perkins, Lewis, Orbison, et al for Sun, and Dylan, Cohen, Holiday, Franklin, etc. for Columbia). The men behind the scenes of the "British Invasion". How several corporate moguls like Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen who signed the Eagles (and who paid to have Eagles Don Henley's and Glenn Frey's teeth redone) and others changed the corporate influence on music away from the smaller labels. How Island records became a major player in the industry with bands like Traffic, Free, Jethro Tull, Bob Marley, and other important bands of the period. And the book continues into the present with hip-hop/rap movers and shakers, and into the future where other newer industry men are making their names. And while his information is sound, he very occasionally doesn't go quite far enough, as with the Okeh record label, with only a description of the label logo--an Indian warrior with a single feather. Started by Otto Heinemann, the label's name was originally spelled to reflect the owner's initials--O.H.--OkeH. It's a small yet relatively important piece of information, especially if he goes on to describe the logo, which is also important. Or when talking abut The Beatles split from Brian Epstein and Epstein's death, the author states--""The Beatles were in Wales on a mediation retreat with the Maharishi...". Should that be "meditation" retreat, not the (I assume) misspelled "mediation" retreat? In the context of the subject matter of The Beatles leaving Epstein, were they indeed on a "mediation retreat" to put space between all parties involved? Hmmm. But issues like that, when stacked up against all the great, wide ranging information Murphy has collected in this book, are of relatively small consequence.

This is a book for anyone who wants to know something about the history of the record industry--how it "works", the inventors, artists and the people behind them who made and make it happen. It's not technical, or a dry read--it's written in an easy to digest style yet never over-simplifies the subject. You'll come away with a deeper appreciation and understanding of how the recording industry began and continues today. Nearly every page has something interesting about the inner workings of the industry. This could sit alongside other books about the record industry/record labels/and the people who run them--books like "The Label", "Off The Record", "Spinning Blues Into Gold The Chess Brothers and the Legendary Chess Records", "The Man Who Recorded the World", "Becoming Elektra", "Follow The Music", "Hit Men", "Good Rockin' Tonight", "Bootleg!", "The Soundtrack Of My Life, Clive Davis", "John Hammond On Record", "White Bicycles" and other similar books. For fans like me (who stumbled onto this title) this is a real sleeper of a book--as I said--published with little fanfare, it deserves more notoriety. A good read.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Throughout history the "record men" understood the rhythm of the streets. 3 juillet 2014
Par Paul Tognetti - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"Drawing from dead men's letters, trade journals, archives, correspondence, and a hundred hours of exclusive interviews, this book has dug up thousands of things you probably did not know about music. I set out on a mission to write what I hoped would be the record business bible, the type of book I wish someone had given me when I was seventeen years old." -- from preface "Cowboys and Indies"

They were a remarkably diverse group these "record men". They created the technologies, founded record labels, chased down talent and did whatever it took to promote the product. The top record men always had their ear to the ground and their finger on the pulse of the record-buying public. They loved what they did. Some toiled for fledgling independent labels while others were employed by the majors. Author Gareth Murphy decided that the time was right to present a comprehensive history of the recording industry. He invested three years of his life researching the topic and conducting more than 100 interviews with some of the true legends of the music business. The culmination of his efforts is the brand new book "Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Recording Industry". Here you will meet all of the key players of the past century including Alan Lomax, John Hammond, Otto Heinemann, Sam Phillips, Ahmet Ertegun, Berry Gordy, Chris Blackwell and Rick Rubin to name but a few. You will also discover the forces that were in play that gave birth to a number of important genres including jazz, R&B, rock and roll, disco, punk, new wave and synth-pop. So fasten your seat belt and get ready for a wild ride on the long and winding road that is popular music.

In the opening chapters of "Cowboys and Indies" Murphy chronicles the tireless efforts of the movers and shakers of the late 19th century to create the ground-breaking technology that would eventually come to be known as the phonograph. You will discover why some formats succeeded while others fell by the wayside. You will also learn about the devastating impact that the introduction of radio had on the infant record business in the mid 1920's. From there, the author embarks on a magic carpet ride through the decades and introduces us to some of the most influential "record men" in the history of the business. You will meet some of the pioneers, most notably Alan Lomax, John Hammond and Otto Heinemann and learn the story behind the story of some of the most influential early "indie" labels such as Gennett and Okeh. Readers will also discover the reasons why Columbia and Victor would ultimately emerge as the two leading record companies of the early 20th century. I thought Gareth Murphy did a nice job of chronicling the important people and the game-changing events of the middle decades of the 20th century. Being a baby boomer I was especially interested in learning more about people like Berry Gordy, Phil Spector and Sam Phillips and the emergence of rock & roll, folk and R&B in the 1950's and 1960's. I discovered that a host of independent record companies including Sun, Capitol, Motown and Atlantic would continue to play a key role in breaking diverse new genres of popular music during this period.

The creative juices of the "record men" continued to flow as we moved to the 70's and 80's and beyond. People like Robert Stigwood at RSO and Neil Bogart at Casablanca well understood that there was an undercurrent brewing that would ultimately spawn disco and the entire dance music craze. There was tons of money to be made. Meanwhile, Chris Blackwell was unleashing a behemoth with his Island Records. As Gareth Murphy points out "Of all the new independents there was one "record man" with a unique past and future: Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records. In addition to breaking acts such as Traffic, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, Free, Nick Drake, Cat Stevens, Roxy Music, Bob Marley and Emerson, Lake & Palmer Island incubated two world-conquering labels, Chrysalis and Virgin." Little wonder that Blackwell is widely considered to be one of the most important "record men" in the history of the business. As the story chugs along into the latter half of the 1980's and the 1990's we meet men like Seymour Stein of Sire Records and the legendary Rick Rubin who would continue the tradition of bringing exciting new sounds to our attention.

After reading "Cowboys and Indies: The Epic History of the Record Industry" I am firmly convinced that the future of the record business will be largely determined by those pesky independents that have littered the musical landscape around here for the past 100 years. New ideas, fresh approaches and ground-breaking artists will continue to bubble up from the masses and it seems to me that the "indies" are perfectly positioned to bring them to market. Furthermore, there will always be a need for those talented "record men". What makes "Cowboys and Indies" different from some of the other books I have read is that Gareth Murphy made it his business to cover developments on both sides of the Atlantic. In my view, "Cowboys and Indies" certainly merits your consideration. This one would qualify as interesting summer reading for history buffs, music aficionados and general readers alike.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Awesome and incredibly documented! 13 juillet 2014
Par dubuc - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Cowboys and Indies is the missing link between two milestones: Frederic Dannen's Hit Men and Fred Goodman' Mansion on the Hill. We have now, with Gareth Murphy's book a Holy Trinity: all a man should know about the music industry is there! Murphy covers the whole story from the very early years of recorded sound to mp3 time. One great thing you learn is that music business all through almost 100 years collapsed several times, companies made millions of dollars then crashed... mostly each time a new technology broke through... Murphy gives also, and that is one of the most interesting sides of the book, a European standpoint. Cowboys and Indies balances the US-centric vision of its predecessors. Which makes it a highly recommended reading.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Why there are so many happy accidents when it comes to famous careers 4 septembre 2014
Par Olga Kapustina - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The book is very informative and well written. It begins with an invention of the phonograph and takes us on a journey though the history of music industry. But most importantly it answers some of the questions one might have about popular music and popular music culture. How the culture of wannabes came around? How labels slowly lost their creative functions? Why there are so many happy accidents when it comes to famous careers? Is talent development important? And how to look at a current music crisis without loosing ones sanity? Finally, Gareth Murphy provides a new angle to some of the stories you might have heard.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 very engaging book! 26 décembre 2014
Par Kevin D. Hagerty - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A very good read, with lots of detail and a narrative style that's anecdotal, rathdr than scholarly and didactic. There were some minor discrepancies in the details of some events that I caught only because I heard a different version directly from the principals that were involved. This didn't detract from the engaging quality and readability of the book. I would highly recommend it, particularly if you were born too late to have gone through some of these changes when they were occurring.
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