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Document and Eyewitness: An Intimate History of Rough Trade by Neil Taylor

Document and Eyewitness: An Intimate History of Rough Trade

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July 2010 Editor's Choice.

A comprehensive story of the record label that launched the careers of some of Britain's greatest and best known bands including The Fall and The Smiths. A must for any music lover but a fascinating story in its own right.

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Document and Eyewitness: An Intimate History of Rough Trade by Neil Taylor

Rough Trade is practically a byword for the history of independent music over the last thirty years. Document and Eyewitness tells the story from the inside of a phenomenally influential record label, through the voices of Geoff Travis, Jarvis Cocker, Robert Wyatt, Green Gartside and many many more. From the early records of Cabaret Voltaire, Kleenex and the Swell Maps, through to groundbreaking releases by The Fall, The Smiths and Scritti Pollitti, on through the collapse of the independent collective and the rebirth of Rough Trade at the turn of the century, this will be the definitive, essential account for any serious music fan.


'Document and Eyewitness is an essential purchase for anyone who was involved in or influenced by the punk maelstrom of 1976, a riveting evocation of a period in musical history that becomes more important the further we get away from it... Taylor's book is a joy... If you read one music book this summer, make it this one.'

's treatment of its main players is affectionate-going-hagiographical, but the implication of that end-point is inescapable. The journey from the mid-70s to now denotes the arrival of an altogether duller world: music that tends to be reverential rather than iconoclastic.'

'Taylor knows his stuff, painting a picture of a chaotic organisation with a good heart... a story that's fascinating and entertaining in equal measure.'

'The Fall and the Smiths - even if these were the only bands Rough Trade had signed it would be worth a 400-plus page book like this.'

'The journey from the mid-70s to now denotes the arrival of an altogether duller world: music that tends to be reverential rather than iconoclastic.'

'Long overdue... The type of reader who buys rock biographies will crave the detailed information that spans the late 70s to 1991 - and they will not be disappointed ****. RECORD COLLECTOR'

About the Author

Neil Taylor worked for the NME during the mid-1980s and has more recently worked in publishing. He is a dedicated regionalist.

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Publication date

22nd July 2010


Neil Taylor

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Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


432 pages


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