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Richard Balls: Be Stiff: The Stiff Records Story

Album Review

Entertaining account of the rise and fall of the record label.

Stiff Records were intertwined with the history of punk and derived from the same disaffection with the complacent, bloated mid-70s music business. Its founders, including Jake Riviera, were fed up of seeing highly talented pub-rock acts overlooked because major-label A&R men felt it was beneath them to check them out.

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