EMI Records: a history in music

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They dominated the British music industry for half a decade, but how did EMI Records get there? And what factors contributed to their extraordinary decline?

Boasting many of the biggest in popular music; Sinatra to The Beatles, Mariah Carey to Blur, EMI’s music division was one of the most successful in the world.

Brian Southall, author of 'The Rise and Fall of EMI Records', picks out at the key moments in the life of a landmark record label, from the coupling of a dog with a gramophone to Beatlemania, to the Spice Girl's and beyond.

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The Rise and Fall of EMI Records, by Brian Southall, published by Omnibus Press, £19.95