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XL’s Richard Russell to publish autobiography

By | Published on Friday 17 January 2020

Richard Russell

XL Recordings founder Richard Russell has announced that he will publish an autobiography, titled ‘Liberation Through Hearing’, in April.

The book marks the 30th anniversary of the Beggars Group label, which has released music by Adele, Dizzee Rascal, The Prodigy and more. It’s being published by White Rabbit, the new music-focussed imprint of publishing house Orion, set up by Lee Brackstone, formerly of Faber Social.

According to the publisher, the book will tell the story of XL, from its creation and through all the subsequent changes in the music industry. It will also cover Russell’s own story with plenty of anecdotes about the artists he’s worked with.

“Writing this book was an opportunity for me to reflect on the last few decades”, says Russell. “I hope people will get something from it. I’ve tried not to compromise in anything I’ve done, and that includes writing ‘Liberation Through Hearing'”.

Brackstone adds: “To have any understanding of the music that has soundtracked the past three decades you need to read this book. ‘Liberation Through Hearing’ documents Richard Russell’s investment in the great artists who defined rap, rave and all its infinite tributaries with a piercing honesty”.

The book is set for publication on 2 Apr.