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Buyer's Guide: Sire Records

The US indie championed punk and new wave in the 70s, but also gave a home to great musical misfits from any generation.

Trusting your instincts, and those of the people around you, has always been a big part of Sire Records founder Seymour Stein’s professional code. In 1975, music journalists Lisa Robinson and Danny Fields tipped him off to a new band wowing punters in New York. Bed-ridden with a flu bug, Stein sent his wife Linda to CBGB instead. So enthused was she by what she saw, Stein booked the band into the studio the next day and signed them to Sire. And the Ramones began their journey into legend.

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