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Gareth Murphy

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in London, The United Kingdom


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I was born in London in 1974, but before I could remember anything, we moved back to Dublin where my father became a promoter. In 1977, he organised Ireland's first outdoor stadium concert featuring Thin Lizzy and the Boomtown Rats. He ran gigs for Tom Waits, the Ramones, Ian Dury, Dr Feelgood, The Specials, the Clash and many others. He also managed arguably the most important ever traditional Irish group, the Bothy Band. Meanwhile, my mother had a vintage clothing stall at the Dandelion Market (where U2 played their very first gigs.)

We lived down a dark, ivy-covered lane in a suburb called Shankill, which back then, was almost countryside. As a result, my sister and I didn't have many friends until we were teenagers. Our big old house was

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"An insightful look at the recording industry from its inception through (almost) present-day. From Thomas Edison to David Geffen and beyond, meet the rogues, swindlers, and ne'er-do-wells who've offered us recorded music for over a century."
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"pretty good overview of the recorded music industry from a us/uk/european perspective. covered most of the bases, although the last chapters lost some momentum trying to cover the newer indie labels: Sub>Pop, 4AD, Beggar's okay but what about E..." Read more of this review »
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"Interesting overview of the invention of the record and the record industry"
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