This book is the first definitive history of the recording industry on both sides of the Atlantic.
From the invention of the first original sound recording device in Paris in the 1850s to the CD crash and digital boom of today - author Gareth Murphy takes you through all the musical, cultural, and technological changes that have taken place.
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.
©2014, 400 pages