Rough Trade

40th Anniversary Journal and Counter Culture '16 CD Bundle

Label Rough Trade Shops Cat no. RT40cc16bundle

Rough Trade 40th Anniversary Journal and Counter Culture '16 CD Bundle



A celebration of 40 years of an iconic music company's existence, told through the stories of over 100 contributors from the world of music, literature, art and film such as Brian Eno, Bill Drummond, Viv Albertine, David Shrigley, Jake Arnott, Lavinia Greenlaw, Jon Savage and Melissa Harrison.

With jacket illustration from London based art collective Le Gun and a foreword from Thurston Moore, whose Ecstatic Peace Library imprint are co-publishers. Includes a 7" with an exclusive track featuring John Grant, Will Burns and John (Arthur) Webb. Hand numbered special edition run of 2016 copies.

In 1976 Geoff Travis opened a record shop called Rough Trade in West London and helped change the face of British musical culture. Over the next 40 years, a record label, a revolutionary distribution company and an ever-changing record shop maintained their positions at the forefront of independent music in the UK, releasing records by Stiff Little Fingers, The Raincoats, The Smiths, The Fall,The Libertines,The Strokes and many others whilst helping shape the future of music retail via trend-bucking stores such as Rough Trade East.

This journal tells the myriad of stories built up over those 40 years, from author Philip Hoare remembering his first job in the Rough Trade warehouse, to Jarvis Cocker interviewing his long-term manager and Rough Trade label co-owner Jeannette Lee, or a page full of jokes from shop favourite Josh T Pearson, new poetry from literary stars like Declan Ryan, Joe Dunthorne and Kate Tempest inspired by their musical discoveries to Mark Ronson's musings on the nature of cool. There are photos, comic strips, illustrations, interviews, reminiscences and on the 7" single included, a poem written by Will Burns and read by John Grant, with musical accompaniment from Male Bonding's John (Arthur) Webb. Scritti Politti's Green Gartside draws the Rough Trade East toilet, XL Recordings head-honcho Richard Russell tries to convince long-time employee and Vice's 'Record Store Guy' Sean Forbes to embrace Hip-Hop. Kurt Cobain faxes over his sleeve notes for The Raincoats re-issue.

There are love stories among the staff, triumphant career moves, and the litany of small victories that yield themselves in the minutiae of collecting, listening and working together. In short, this beautifully designed, relentlessly compiled book bestows the life of the shop itself; irreverent, funny, chaotic and most of all human.


The new Counter Culture 2016 compilation collects many of our favourite releases of the last twelve months. Killer tracks that were big hits with our customers alongside staff recommendations and, of course, selections from our Top 10 Albums of the Year. 2016 saw Rough Trade Shops celebrates it's 40th Anniversary, and to make this year's Counter Culture even more special London art collective, Le Gun's wonderful ink interpretations of Rough Trade East & West grace the front cover and body.

Sonically the selection remains as variant as ever while it is structured in our familiar style. For example, the post-punk snarl of hotly tipped London upstarts, Shame and the horizontal dub of The Frightnrs rub shoulders with the urban spit of Trim and the agro-grime of Sir Spyro.