Be Stiff
Richard Balls
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Be Stiff: The Stiff Records Story
Richard Balls
Soundcheck Books
288 pages
January 2015
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From 1976 through 1985, an anti-record label called Stiff Records provided a home for an abundance of punk and New Wave acts. Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Madness, the Damned, Kirsty MacColl, Nick Lowe, and many others recorded for the UK record company. These were wild, anarchic times, and in this book, the entire era is captured on paper by author Richard Balls.

Besides the marquee names listed above, Balls goes deeper in bringing new facts, unheard anecdotes, and untold stories through a series of reveal interviews with everyone from Graham Parker and Wreckless Eric to Lene Lovich and Jona Lewie.

The label's most infamous slogan--"If it ain't Stiff, it ain't worth a f--k," made famous by label owners Dave Robinson and Jake Riviera--said it all. Stiff challenged the dominance of major labels by offering up a collection of motley, rude, but very musical artists. Here you can read who they were and how they did it.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2015

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