Terry Burrows and Daniel Miller

Mute: A Visual Document

Released 16/11/17 Label thames & hudson Genre Rock ’n’ Roll Cat no. 9780500519721


Mute Records is one of the most revered and influential independent music labels of all time. Through the music of its tight-knit community of artists – ranging from Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle, Nick Cave’s The Birthday Party and Einstürzende Neubauten to Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure, Laibach and Goldfrapp – it has had an incalculable impact on popular music for forty years.

This authoritative, sumptuously illustrated history of the label features stunning artwork and photography – much of it previously unseen – and insights from those who have worked with the label. Text contributions from key players, together with ground-breaking shots and video stills from legendary photographers, make this book the definitive chronicle of the iconic label, which today has offices in the USA, UK, Germany and France and an unparalleled reputation worldwide.

Table of Contents

1. 1978–1979: Warm Leatherette and Letraset: Founding a New New Wave

2. 1980–1982: Mute in the Charts: Depeche Mode and Yazoo

3. 1983–1989: Beyond Electropop: The Experimental Side of Mute

4. 1990–1999: Mute into the Nineties

5. 2000– Into the Future