Rune Grammofon

ROD, JOHANNES - Free Jazz and Improvisation on Vinyl 1965-1985: A Guide to 60 Independent Labels

"Over the last 20 or so years we have witnessed an explosion in music-related books, this one being a most welcome addition that fills a hole in that ever-growing library. Born out of necessity and a love of the music and the records, the aim of this book is to offer a guide to a selection of independent labels and their releases of free jazz and improvisation between 1965 and 1985, with 1965 being the year when ESP-Disk started out as the first independent label dedicated to the music covered in this book, and 1985 being the year that the CD slowly started to take over as the main sound carrier. However, Rune Grammofon has stretched the frames a little bit on a few occasions. As explained in the book, they have also chosen to leave out certain labels that have released important records by highly influential musicians within the field of this book, such as Impulse!, Blue Note and Atlantic. This is because they consider them as major labels that have a wide variety of releases in their catalogs and are also well documented in a number of other publications. Its also important for them to underline that this is a personal, subjective take on the subject, rather than an encyclopedic one. Sixty labels are presented, each with an introduction and a discography, either complete or by the authors personal choice. There are also 64 sleeve illustrations, including some extremely rare ones, as well as forewords by Swedish sax player and composer Mats Gustafsson and Rune Grammofons founder Rune Kristoffersen. Finally, there is a conversation between Kristoffersen and music writer Rob Young. Author Johannes R_ɬ_d is working freelance as an art historian and conservator and has written several books on visual art. He has also been an avid record collector since the late 60s and most of the sleeve illustrations are from his own collection. 128 pages housed in a Geltex cover. Design and layout by Kim Hiorth." - Rune Grammofon.

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After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.

This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).

Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.

Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.

Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).

So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.
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