Rough Trade Records

Rough Trade Records

Infobox record label
name = Rough Trade

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founded = 1978
founder = Geoff Travis, in 1987 Jeanette Lee became an equal partner cite web |date=Thursday 26 April, 2007|url =|title = Keynote Speech Music Industry Uncovered By Jeannette Lee & Don Letts |format = PDF|publisher = pub| accessdate = 2007-12-17 | last= |quote=Jeannette Lee is one of the co-owners of Rough Trade Records, one of the iconic record labels within the British Music Industry and a brief lists of bands that have been involved with this are The Smiths, Scritti Politti, the Libertines, The Strokes, it just goes on and on, but we are going to hear a lot more about that… Ladies and Gentlemen, Don Letts and Jeannette Lee.]
defunct =
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genre = Post-punk, Alternative rock
country = United Kingdom
location = London
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Rough Trade Records began as an independent record label, based in London, England.


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 Travis in West London in 1976. The Label was set up in 1978 and also went into the distribution business. It became independent 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 post-punk and other alternative rock 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 re-signed 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, (a former member of PiL), 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 2007 Sanctuary Records then sold Rough Trade to the Beggars Group making Rough Trade independent once again cite web |date=Tue: 07-24-07: 11:15 AM CDT|url =|title = Rough Trade Bought By Beggars Group|format = HTML |publisher = pitchforkmedia| accessdate = 2007-12-17 | last=Paul Thompson |quote=]

Since its re-birth, Rough Trade has released albums by high-charting artists such as The Strokes, The Libertines, Babyshambles, and Belle & Sebastian. A 192-page illustrated history of Rough Trade, written by Rob Young of The Wire, was published in September 2006 by the UK-based company Black Dog Publishing.


* 1990s
* A R Kane
* Aberfeldy
* Adam Green
* Horace Andy
* Arcade Fire
* Aztec Camera
* Babyshambles
* The Bats
* Baxter Dury
* Beat Happening
* Belle & Sebastian
* Blue Orchids
* Brakes
* British Sea Power
* Basia Bulat
* Butthole Surfers
* Cabaret Voltaire
* Camper Van Beethoven
* Chris & Cosey
* The Clean
* Jarvis Cocker
* Colorfinger
* Cornershop
* Ivor Cutler
* The Decemberists
* The Del Fuegos
* Delays
* Delta 5
* Die Krupps
* Cara Dillon
* Disco Inferno
* The Dream Syndicate
* Bill Drummond
* Easterhouse
* Emiliana Torrini
* Essential Logic
* Tav Falco's Panther Burns
* The Fall
* feedtime
* The Feelies
* The Fiery Furnaces
* Galaxie 500
* Giant Sand
* The Go-Betweens
* Vic Godard
* Albert Hammond, Jr.
* The Hidden Cameras
* The Hold Steady (under license from Vagrant Records).
* Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions
* James
* Johnny Flynn & the Sussex Wit
* Freedy Johnston
* Richard H. Kirk
* David Kitt
* Kleenex
* Levitation
* Jeffrey Lewis
* The Libertines
* The Long Blondes
* Cerys Matthews
* Mazzy Star
* Métal Urbain
* Microdisney
* The Mighty Diamonds
* Miracle Legion
* The Monochrome Set
* The Mr. T Experience
* Opal
* Pere Ubu
* The Pop Group
* Puppy Love Bomb
* Pussy Galore
* The Raincoats
* The Red Crayola
* Jonathan Richman
* Robert Rental
* Royal City
* Arthur Russell
* Scissors for Lefty
* Scrawl
* Scritti Politti
* Shelleyan Orphan
* Shrimp Boat
* The Smiths
* Soul Asylum
* Souled American
* Epic Soundtracks
* Spizz Energi
* Spring Heel Jack
* Sufjan Stevens
* Stiff Little Fingers
* Straightjacket Fits
* The Strokes
* Subway Sect
* The Sundays
* Super Furry Animals
* Sweet Jesus
* Swell Maps
* Television Personalities
* They Might Be Giants
* This Heat
* Toiling Midgets
* Two Nice Girls
* James "Blood" Ulmer
* Ultramarine
* The Virgin Prunes
* The Veils
* Simon Warner
* Weekend
* Lucinda Williams
* Victoria Williams
* The Woodentops
* Robert Wyatt
* Young Marble Giants
* Zounds

See also

* Rough Trade Shop
* List of record labels


External links


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