Magazine article Management Today

BRAIN FOOD: Decisions - Rough Trade Records - the Man Who Signed the Smiths Owns Up

Magazine article Management Today

BRAIN FOOD: Decisions - Rough Trade Records - the Man Who Signed the Smiths Owns Up

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MY BEST...

My job entails running an independent record company and taking charge of which groups and artists we sign and work with. A record company is only ever as good as its artists. In order to judge the merits and prospects of music and musicians that we come across, it's invaluable to be able to share your thoughts with someone. Yet it's rare to find somebody that you can discuss these things with without there being a power struggle or some other agenda at work. The question for me is: are they great, do they move me, are they doing something worthwhile within the context of the history of music?

My musical business partner for the past 16 years, Jeannette Lee, is the perfect person to debate these things with. So my best decision was to ask her to come and work with me.

Together we have recently signed The Libertines, The Strokes, Belle and Sebastian, British Sea Power and many others that we are excited about. Another good decision was signing The Smiths. It is probably the single one thing RT is famous for.

MY WORST...

Not acting decisively enough to complete the signing of the Stone Roses. …

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