How Soon Is Now? by Richard King
The Madmen and Mavericks Who Made Independent Music, 1975-2005

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The strangest omission in How Soon Is Now? is race. With the exception of Factory's co-founder Alan Erasmus (who's not interviewed), there are scant references to any non-white people.
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One of the most tangible aftershocks of Punk was its urgency to prompt individuals into action. Document your reality: do it yourself. From this, a generation of young men were inspired and, with often zero financial planning or business sense, in a bedroom, garage or shed, labels such as Factory, Rough Trade, Mute, 4AD, Beggars Banquet, Warp, Domino and Creation began, shifting the musical landscape and trading on an ethos and identity no brand consultant would now dare dream of. Musicians were encouraged to do whatever the hell they wanted and damn the consequences. From humble beginnings, some of our most influential artists were allowed to thrive: New Order, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, Orange Juice, Cocteau Twins, Sonic Youth, Happy Mondays, Primal Scream, Aphex Twin, Teenage Fanclub, My Bloody Valentine, Autechre, Broadcast, Vampire Weekend, The White Stripes and Artic Monkeys to name but a handful.

This is the story, set to an incredible soundtrack, of the enormous scale of the passions, the size of the egos, and the true extent of the madness of the mavericks who had the vision and bloody-mindedness to make the musical landscape exciting again.

 

About Richard King

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Richard King has worked at the heart of the independent music industry for nearly twenty years. He is the co-editor of Loops, an occasional journal of long-form music writing published jointly by Faber & Domino Records. He has contributed to The Guardian, The Observer and many other publications. How Soon Is Now? is his first book.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Faber & Faber. 640 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Sukhdev Sandhu on Apr 04 2012

The strangest omission in How Soon Is Now? is race. With the exception of Factory's co-founder Alan Erasmus (who's not interviewed), there are scant references to any non-white people.

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Reviewed by Kathy Sweeney on Mar 24 2012

An exhaustive chronicle of the labels that drove independent music for 30 years, Richard King's prodigiously researched book includes everything one could wish to know about the mayhem, rebellion and anti-corporate idealism of indie culture.

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