Published Jul 09, 2010Rough Trade is one of Britain's most storied labels, from its '80s heyday as home to the Smiths, Young Marble Giants and the Raincoats to its latter-day revival with releases from the Strokes, Arcade Fire and Belle and Sebastian. Now, the label will revisit its history with the book Document and Witness - An Intimate History of Rough Trade, due out this summer.
The tome was compiled by British indie rock journalist Neil Taylor and features 75 different eyewitness testimonials from people involved with the label. It also covers the history of Rough Trade Shops. Among the contributors are label founder Geoff Travis, Pulp's Jarvis Cocker and Soft Machine's Robert Wyatt.
According to Rough Trade's website, "All of the seismic milestones in its evolution are covered, including the birth of the company, the setting up of the record label, the early financial crises and the resultant transmogrification of the Rough Trade shop into its current manifestation, the successful assault on the charts of the mid-1980s, the collapse of the original company in 1991 and its subsequent rebirth."
The book is set for release on July 23 and is being timed to coincide with the third anniversary of Rough Trade East, the newest of the store's three London locations. On release day, the shop will host a launch party, featuring a performance from current label signing British Sea Power.
The book is being published by Orion and pre-order copies will set you back £11.99 ($19.10 Canadian). Rough Trade previously published the book Labels Unlimited in 2006.