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Rough Trade Records

The Rough Trade record label began in 1978.

The label grew, quite literally, out of the record shop Geoff Travis had opened in West London in February 1976. The shop was trailblazing, farsighted, welcoming, radical – even revolutionary – and it was brimming over with wonderful things: seven-inch picture sleeves whose market was about to exponentially explode, reggae LPs, punk fanzines, badges. By 1978, it had a distribution system and was taking and selling records from bands benefiting from an emerging DIY culture. It was logical, then, that they should start a record label.

The signing of The Smiths in 1983 drew Rough Trade into new territory. A stifled independent music scene was gradually giving way to what would go on to be recognised as ‘indie’ and The Smiths, found themselves at the forefront of the emerging scene.

Rough Trade Records
66 Golborne Road
London
W10 5PS
UK
Tel: +44 (0) 20 8960 9888
Fax: +44 (0) 20 8968 6715

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