Gareth Murphy isn’t the first to cover the business of making records, but his new book, COWBOYS AND INDIES: THE EPIC HISTORY OF THE RECORD INDUSTRY, may be one of the most thorough, focusing on some of the game-changers and revolutionary movements

· Otto Heinemann’s pioneer label Okeh, which spread blues and jazz “race” records across America

· How one man, Henry Speir, discovered nearly all the Delta blues legends (Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, Son House, Tommy Johnson) 

· Sam Phillips’s seminal work with Chess and Sun Records

· John Hammond’s discoveries (Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen) 

· The behind-the-scenes players of the British Invasion

· Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, and the corporate music machine

· The Machiavellian moves of punk impresario Malcolm McLaren (Sex Pistols)

· Chris Blackwell’s triumphs for Island Records (Bob Marley, U2)

· Sylvia Robinson and Tom Silverman, the hip-hop explorers behind the Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash, and Afrika Bambaataa

 …and much, much more. Murphy also offers a provocative look at the future through the ruminations of such vanguard figures as Martin Mills (4AD, XL Recordings, Matador, Rough Trade) and genre-busting producer Rick Rubin (Run-D.M.C., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Johnny Cash).

The book comes out on June 17, and Gareth Murphy will be celebrating with a panel discussion at Rough Trade Records in Brooklyn on June 21We’re celebrating by giving away some copies ourselves. If you’re a fan of music, and want to take a look at what it was like on the inside, enter below. 

*Contest ends  6/23  *Contest open to US residents. 

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