Always in Trouble
Always in Trouble
An Oral History of ESP-Disk', The Most Outrageous Record Label in America
Jason Weiss



Recommended by Paul, City Lights Books

In 1964, Bernard Stollman launched the independent record label ESP-Disk' in New York City to document the free jazz movement there. A bare-bones enterprise, ESP was in the right place at the right time, producing albums by artists like Albert Ayler, Pharoah Sanders, and Sun Ra, as well as folk-rock bands like the Fugs and Pearls Before Swine. But the label quickly ran into difficulties and, due to the politically subversive nature of some productions and sloppy business practices, it folded in 1974. Always in Trouble tells the story of ESP-Disk' through a multitude of voices--first Stollman's, as he recounts the improbable life of the label, and then the voices of many of the artists involved.

Title Always in Trouble
Subtitle An Oral History of ESP-Disk', The Most Outrageous Record Label in America
Author Jason Weiss
Publisher Wesleyan University Press
Title First Published 30 April 2012
Format Paperback
Nb of pages
ISBN-10 0819571598
ISBN-13 9780819571595
Publication Date 30 April 2012
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $24.95
 


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