Labels Unlimited tells the engrossing story of one of
England’s most groundbreaking record labels. It is 30 years
since the Rough Trade Shop first opened its doors in Notting
Hill, London. Disco and soft-rock ruled the airwaves, The
Clash had just signed to CBS and Geoff Travis set up the
company with some friends as a communistic, DIY alternative
to the increasingly stale mainstream. Over the ensuing years
the Rough Trade Shop, Rough Trade Records and Rough Trade
Distribution profoundly altered the landscape of modern
looks back on three fascinating decades of innovation, noise
and change, taking in ups and downs, twists and turns and
some of the best music ever committed to vinyl. The label
released many of the most important records of the late
1970s and 80s by artists including: The Smiths, Scritti
Politti, Mazzy Star, The Go-Betweens, Aztec Camera, Robert
Wyatt, The Fall, Arthur Russell and Linton Kwesi Johnson.
profiles these artists and much more, as both the history of
Rough Trade, and by proxy the story of British independent
music over the last 30 years are engagingly chronicled.
Rough Trade is filled with archive images,
interviews and previously unseen photographs and artefacts."