Chris Blackwell, the founding father of Island Information, an early dwelling to the likes of King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Jethro Tull, Free, Visitors and lots of extra, will publish his autobiography in June.
The Islander: My Life In Music And Past might be printed by 9 Eight Books on June 2.
Blackwell grew up in Jamaica, and after being educated at Harrow Faculty in England, finally obtained a job managing jukeboxes again in Jamaica, which introduced him into contact with the nation’s music scene.
He based Island information in his early 20s, with a $10,000 start-up offered by his dad and mom and named after Alec Waugh’s novel Island In The Solar. His early musical forays have been all associated to the native music scene, however in 1964 he produced Millie Small’s over of My Boy Lollipop, which was an enormous hit and helped set up Island Information.
The label flourished after Blackwell found the Spencer Davis Group that includes Stevie Winwood, and within the 70s and 80s additionally featured acts like Roxy Music, John Martyn, John Cale, Nico, Fairport Conference and Spooky Tooth, and later Ultravox, Grace Jones, Buggles and U2.
The label by no means forgot its affiliation with reggae and notably introduced Bob Marley and a bunch of different artists to worldwide consideration.
Blackwell bought his stake in Island in 1989, and the labels now sit underneath the Common umbrella. Extra not too long ago he is been concerned in elite resort administration. In 2009 Music Week named Blackwell essentially the most influential determine within the final 50 years of the British music business.
The discharge of The Islander coincides with Blackwell’s eighty fifth birthdays.
“It’s over sixty years since I began Island Information, says Blackwell. “It appears an excellent time to write down concerning the individuals and musicians I’ve labored with and the locations I’ve liked. It’s been fairly a visit.”