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—Stiff Records (UK)

Dave Laing

Dave Laing is the author of several books on popular music and a former editor of Music Week. Former Research Fellow at the University of Westminster where he conducted research on the music industry. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume I : Media, Industry and Society

Continuum, 2003

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...Stiff was founded in London in July 1976 by artist-managers Dave Robinson and Jake Riviera (aka Andrew Jakeman). They were leading figures in the ‘pub rock’ scene of the early 1970s and, with £400 borrowed from the group Dr Feelgood...

Elvis Costello's Armed Forces

Franklin Bruno

Franklin Bruno’s criticism has appeared in The Believer, Slate, Salon, Best Music Writing 2003 (Da Capo), and Listen Again: A Momentary History of Pop Music (Duke University Press). After several records as a member of Nothing Painted Blue and as a solo artist, his most recent musical project is Civics, the debut CD by The Human Hearts (Tight Ship); he is also a recording and occasional touring member of The Mountain Goats. He has taught philosophy at UCLA, Pomona College, and Northwestern University; currently, he is Visiting Assistant Professor at Bard College. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2005

33 1/3 Books

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...Thirty-Three and a Third is a series of short books about critically acclaimed and much-loved albums of the past 40 years. Over 50,000 copies have been sold! “Passionate, obsessive, and smart.” -Nylon “...an inspired new series of short...

Quartet

Dave Laing

Dave Laing is the author of several books on popular music and a former editor of Music Week. Former Research Fellow at the University of Westminster where he conducted research on the music industry. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...In popular music, a quartet is an ensemble made up of four musicians, four singers or a mixture of instrumentalists and singers. Unlike in Western classical music, in which quartet formats are determined by the demands of a written score...
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...With the birth of new wave in the late 1970s, Elvis Costello emerged as one of the form’s most fervent and prolific performers and, in the process, normalized the genre into the larger rock scene. Born Declan MacManus in London in 1954...