Oral history of recorded sound

Newbrook, Peter, founder of Esquire Records (4 of 4). Oral History of Recorded Sound

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    Newbrook, Peter, 1920- (male)

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    Dual interest in film and music recording. Building crystal sets. Musical education. Working at Warner Bros. studios, meeting Monty Berman and developing an interest in jazz; playing vibraphone. Becoming record collector. Meeting Carlo Krahmer in 1938, Krahmer's career. Making location recording in Birmingham in 1938, Krahmer's career. Making location recording in Birmingham in 1947 with Krahmer's Chicagoans and Humphrey Lyttleton and getting record pressed. Stranglehold of major record companies. Getting discs pressed by the British Homophone Co. Selling through mail order. Obtaining rights to Charlie Parker and Errol Garner discs through Blue Star. Getting discs pressed Moving to Decca. Running label as 'family' concern from Krahmer's home. Post-war jazz clubs in London. Signing up new talent. Owing rights to foreign labels. Starting classical series of avant-grade music; pop series and children's series. Keeping ahead o competition. Working with Blue Star to get round union ban. Cutting discs with Ray Nance and the 'Ellingtonians'. Recording American musicians during World War II. Esquire's recognition of the importance of be-bop and modern jazz. Making direct-cut microgroove LP in 1952. Later development of company. The Treasure Chest series and remastering recordings for 'Living Presence Sound'. Outside recordings. His holdings of released material and Krahmer's collection. The Esquire organisation. The Starlite label, releasing popular music, rock'n'roll and calypso.

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