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Liberation Through Hearing by Richard Russell

Liberation Through Hearing

Richard Russell

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Imprint: Orion Books Ltd
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 2 Apr 2020
ISBN: 9781474616331

The story of XL Recordings, the UK's leading independent record label, told through the life, and in the words of its owner, Richard Russell

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3 stars out of 5
Kitty Empire
23 Mar 2020

"Richard Russell’s story of his journey from rave entrepreneur to pioneering record boss and musician is quietly revealing"

If Liberation Through Hearing were not the story of one of the most interesting cultural endeavours of the past 30 years, you might call it a dry read. Unengaged at school, Russell started out as a hip-hop obsessive and then became a rave entrepreneur, going so far as to have his own novelty hit (The Bouncer) as Kicks Like a Mule, and spending a pivotal time in New York serving apprenticeships in record shops and DJing.