Rough Trade


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Rough Trade Records began as an record label, based in London, England, United Kingdom.

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Geoff Travis was traveling in North America and amassed a huge record collection as he moved from coast to coast. He then shipped these records back to the UK which became the basis of the Rough Trade Shop. The label grew out of the Rough Trade Shop, founded by Geoff Travis in West London in 1976. The Label was set up in 1978 and also went into the distribution business. It became from the shop in 1982, then went bankrupt in 1991, ruining quite a few smaller record labels to which money was owed.

Rough Trade was relaunched in 2000.

Rough Trade specialised primarily in European and other of the late 1970s and early 1980s. In the late 1980s Rough Trade branched out by issuing an eponymous album by Lucinda Williams. Other early signings included Agitpop, The Raincoats, Young Marble Giants, The Smiths and Scritti Politti (the latter resigned to the label in the mid 2000s). Geoff Travis later launched Blanco Y Negro Records in partnership with Warner Bros Records.

Rough Trade was an independently owned entity (a partnership between Mr. Travis, Jeanette Lee, and minority partners, Sanctuary Records, as a part of the Zomba Music Group) until June 11, 2002 when bmg bought out this business.

In July of 2007 Sanctuary Records then sold Rough Trade to the Beggars Group making Rough Trade once again.

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