Oral history of recorded sound

Wood, Leonard George, Former Executive Director of EMI. (2 of 5). Oral History of Recorded Sound

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    Wood, Leonard George, 1916- (male)

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    Joining EMI in the 1930s. Returning to HMV after World War II. Home Sales Manager for Parlophone and Columbia. HMV's early distribution. Forming EMI records in 1957. HMV matrix exchange deals. Columbia's break from EMI. Termination of RCA contract. Developing own catalogue. Buying Capitol Records in 1955. Licensing deals with Decca and American companies. Buying Tamla Motown. Ray Martin and Norrie Paramor as A&R men. Recording Eddie Calvert, Alma Cogan and Ronnie Hilton. Signing Cliff Richards. Rock 'n' Roll era: story of The Beatles and other Brian Epstein artists. Profiteering. Contract deals. Relationship between pop and broadcasting. Needletime and broadcasting. Copyright laws in England and America. Piracy. Home-taping and royalties. Future of record industry. Relationship between classical and pop records. Sir Edward Lewis and Sir Joseph Lockwood. Decca and EMI overstretching. EMI/Thorn merger.

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