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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...

Madness’s One Step Beyond …

Terry Edwards

Terry Edwards is a multi-instrumentalist who tours worldwide with innumerable bands (including Tindersticks, Gallon Drunk, PJ Harvey, and Robyn Hitchcock) and releases music on his London-based label, Sartorial Records. This is his first book. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2009

33 1/3 Books

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...One Step Beyond isn’t the best album in the world - it’s not even the best album by Madness. It is, however, a great record and an exceptional debut album -fully formed despite half the band still being in their teens - and it remains...

Madness

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...As part of the British Two-Tone ska revival, Madness brought a performative sense of humor to its socially charged material. Formed in London in 1976, Madness evolved from the core members of the North London Invaders and, after a series...

Ska in Europe

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...First emerging as a music and dance style between the late 1950s and the early 1960s, ska is usually considered the first homegrown Jamaican music genre, combining elements of US R&B and jazz with folk music traditions. Due to the legacy...

Ska

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IX : Genres: Caribbean and Latin America

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Ska (pronounced ‘skya’ by many Jamaicans) first emerged as a musical and dance style in the late 1950s and early 1960s in the Kingston, Jamaica area. This was a time when the working class and the poor were increasingly attracted...