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A Visual Document

Terry Burrows


The definitive visual chronicle of the innovative independent record label

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Daniel Miller created Mute Records to release his debut single (‘Warm Leatherette’/’T.V.O.D’), a pioneering electronic sound with a defiantly DIY attitude. Mute quickly established a reputation for releasing cutting-edge, chart-topping music and through the music of its community of artists – ranging from Fad Gadget, Moby, Can, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and Einstürzende Neubauten to Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Erasure, Laibach, Goldfrapp, Liars and Ben Frost – it has had an incalculable impact on popular music for four decades.

Mute: A Visual Document is packed with stunning artwork and photography – much of it previously unseen – from the Mute Archives and Daniel Miller’s personal archives, including photography and video stills from legendary photographers, conceptual artworks, rare ephemera and equipment.

Comprehensive discographies, a family tree of Mute artists, an extensive introduction and commentary by Daniel Miller, who has curated the materials for the book, plus anecdotal and photographic contributions from key figures in the label’s story, including Moby, Alison Goldfrapp, Anton Corbijn, Bleddyn Butcher, Brian Griffin, Jon Spencer, Barry Adamson, Ivan Novak, Angus Andrew, Adrian Shaughnessy, Tom Hingston, make this book the definitive chronicle of the label.

Electronic Sound magazine's Book of the Year

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'The Book of the Year has arrived. Quite the treat … If there’s one book you need on the old Christmas list this year, make it this one'
Electronic Sound

'A beautifully crafted celebration of “the accidental label”'

'Packed with artwork and photography – much of it previously unseen'
M magazine

'Visually stunning'
Buzz magazine

'Beautifully bound, this book is as iconic and dynamic as Mute’s musical past'
Rough Trade

'Highlights the unsung heroes – the artists, designers and photographers whose talent is often overlooked – and places them firmly in the spotlight'
Classic Pop

'Packed full of great imagery'

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 24.2 x 19.0 cm

Extent: 320 pp

Publication date: 9 November 2017

ISBN: 9780500519721

Contents List

1. 1978–1979: Warm Leatherette and Letraset: Founding a New New Wave • 2. 1980–1982: Mute in the Charts: Depeche Mode and Yazoo • 3. 1983–1989: Beyond Electropop: The Experimental Side of Mute • 4. 1990–1999: Mute into the Nineties • 5. 2000– Into the Future

About the Author

Terry Burrows is an author, musician and producer. Best known as a cult performer under the alias Yukio Yung, Burrows has recorded with The Chrysanthemums, Asmus Tietchens and the duo Push-Button Pleasure. He is also a prolific author of more than 80 books relating to music history, tuition and technology, popular psychology and history.

List of Contributors

Daniel Miller

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