Mute A visual document : from 1978-tomorrow

Terry Burrows

Book - 2017

"Mute is one of the most revered and influential indie labels of all time. Through the music of its tight-knit community of artists--ranging from Cabaret Voltaire, Nick Cave's The Birthday Party and Moby to Depeche Mode, Erasure, and Goldfrapp--it has had an incalculable impact on popular music for forty years. Daniel Miller created Mute to release his debut single (Warm Leatherette / T.V.O.D.), a pioneering electronic sound with a defiantly DIY punk attitude. Mute quickly established a reputation for cultivating the experimental, releasing cutting-edge industrial sounds, and chart-topping electronic music by the likes of Depeche Mode and Yazoo. The label was equally at home with the savage punk of Nick Cave's The Birthday Pa...rty and--to critical acclaim--his next outfit, The Bad Seeds. It also proved to be an Internet pioneer, launching the online site Mute Liberation Technologies in 1994. Mute features stunning artwork and photography--much of it previously unseen--and revelatory behind-the-scenes insights from the vibrant cast who have worked with the label"--

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New York : Thames & Hudson 2017.
Main Author
Terry Burrows (author)
Other Authors
Daniel Miller, 1951- (author)
Item Description
Maps on lining papers.
Physical Description
310 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Includes discography and index.
Contents unavailable.
Review by Library Journal Review

This lovingly packaged book presents the definitive overview of the UK-based Mute Records, which prides itself on its stable of dance, electronic, industrial, and experimental music artists. Burrows (Treasures of the Beatles), along with Mute founder -Daniel Miller, fill the pages with artwork from the label's singles and albums. Mute Records began auspiciously in 1978, thanks to the unnerving J.G. Ballard-inspired one-hit wonder "Warm Leatherette" (by Miller, credited as the Normal), becoming a powerhouse in the industry, with Depeche Mode, Fad Gadget, Erasure, Nick Cave, Moby, Goldfrapp, and Arca standing out as its most prominent acts. This distinctively designed work (the spine has exposed gatherings) collects images that include proofs for some of the company's most notable albums. Cover art for its releases by well-known graphic designers and photographers, such as Anton Corbijn, are highlighted. The text portions discuss the founding of Mute, its influences (particularly German acts such as Can and Kraftwerk), and its long list of successes. VERDICT A visually stunning and indispensible volume for fans of the subversive pop music pioneered by the important and overlooked Mute Records label.- Brian Flota, James Madison Univ., -Harrisonburg, VA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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