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    Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4AD (Hardback) By (author) Martin Aston

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    DescriptionThe first official account of the iconic record label. This Mortal Coil, Birthday Party, Bauhaus, Cocteau Twins, Pixies, Throwing Muses, Breeders, Dead Can Dance, Lisa Germano, Kristin Hersh, Belly, Red House Painters. Just a handful of the bands and artists who started out recording for 4AD, a record label founded by Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent in 1979, a label which went on to be one of the most influential of the modern era. Combining the unique tastes of Watts-Russell and the striking design aesthetic of Vaughan Oliver, 4AD records were recognisable by their look as much their sound. In this comprehensive account concentrating on the label's first two decades (up to the point that Watts-Russell left), music journalist Martin Aston explores the fascinating story with unique access to all the key players and pretty much every artist who released a record on 4AD during that time, and to its notoriously reclusive founder. With a cover designed by Vaughan Oliver this is an essential book for all 4AD fans and anyone who loved the music of that time.


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    Title
    Facing the Other Way
    Subtitle
    The Story of 4AD
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Martin Aston
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 650
    Width: 159 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Weight: 272 g
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780007538096
    ISBN 10: 000753809X
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: MED
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.7
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJPN, 3JJPR
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBK
    BIC subject category V2: KNTF
    BISAC V2.8: MUS004000
    DC23: 338.761781640941
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    THE FRIDAY PROJECT LIMITED
    Publication date
    26 September 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Martin Aston has been writing about and reviewing music since 1984. He has a particularly deep appreciation for the independent music scene. He is the author of two previous books: Pulp (MacMillan, 1995) and Bjorkgraphy (Simon & Schuster, 1996). 'I've until now avoided writing more books as I enjoy occasionally leaving the house,' he says. 'Writing Facing the Other Way: The Story Of 4AD has reminded me of this luxury. But it's been as compelling as it's been overwhelming, documenting not just a visionary record label, but an entire era, one that can never be seen again.' Martin has also written for a variety of publications including MOJO, Q, Guardian, The Times, Attitude, Radio Times and BBC Music Online.