Murphy, Gareth – Outlaws And Indies: The Epic History Of The Record Industry (Book Review))

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Reviewed: September 2014
Released: 2014, n/a
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Celtic Bob



Not a Heavy Metal or even a Hard Rock book but one that is recommended reading for all interested in the music world. Gareth Murphy has written a detailed account of the Industry from it’s humble beginnings to the current digital state that it’s currently in.

Beginning with the invention of the Grammophone and Victrola’s Murphy covers everything in his book including the payoff’s and drug induced meetings and the bodies it left behind. This 300 plus page book is extremely informative as it is interesting. Some parts are slightly dragged out while others are lightly skimmed over. As a writer on a Metal site I would have liked to have read about some acts such as Slayer when talking of Rick Rubin and Def Jam or Anthrax when discussing Island Records. Instead they were ignored even though they were an important part of those labels in the 80’s. I guess you cannot mention everyone or we would have a book over twice the length. Reading stories about The Beatles and Stones were the highlights for me as I am a huge fan of both bands. Some of it was eye opening and not just the bands but the way the industry worked/works. You heard stories of it over the years but never knew to what degree until now. A real eye opener for sure.

The book is well written and gives the reader a wealth of information from it’s inception to current state. We are treated to wonderful accounts of the British Invasion with stories on The Beatles and Rolling Stones. The 70’s and the Disco years including KISS’ contribution to Casablanca Records as well as the excess’s of the 80’s and the decline in the 90’s. An excellent read for anyone interested in the industry.

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Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 359