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News: Virgin Records 40th anniversary

Launched by Richard Branson in 1973, revolutionary British label Virgin Records now marks 40 years of being at the forefront of innovation in British music. Taking place in autumn, a series of events under the title ‘40 Years of Disruptions‘ will celebrate the label’s historic reputation for disrupting the status quo and breaking some of music’s most influential acts, including the Sex Pistols, Culture Club, Massive Attack, the Spice Girls, Daft Punk and The Chemical Brothers. More recent years have seen signings with Swedish House Mafia, Laura Marling, Emeli Sandé and Bastille, to name a few, as Virgin continues to nurture pioneering new talent.

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The anniversary’s events will include:
- An exhibition of photos, seminal videos and memorabilia, overseen by Adrian Shaughnessy, George Lee and the team at This is Real Art, and displayed at an exclusive venue in Mornington Crescent
- A beautiful art book edited by NME veteran Adrian Thrills and designed by Adrian Shaughnessy
- A documentary produced by Leopard Films and directed by award-winning Paul Tilzey
- A series of live events at Camden’s KOKO in October
- A 2-disc compilation CD; one disc featuring current Virgin artists covering Virgin classics, and the other, original Virgin classics.

- Ally Russell



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