The Story of Stiff Records. A CAT Club presentation

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The CAT Club in association with Henry Smith Brewery presents:


An audio and visual presentation.

Dave Robinson photographed the Beatles at the Cavern and the Rolling Stones on their first tour of Ireland. He was with Jimi Hendrix on his first UK tour with Pink Floyd. He shared a flat with Jimi and Experience bass player Noel Redding and Van Morrison slept on his couch for nine months. He’s been on tour and hung about with Eric Burdon, The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Who, Jim Morrison and the Doors to name a few. He’s managed Graham Parker, Nick Lowe, Dave Edmonds, Ian Dury and Elvis Costello.

In London he single-handedly created a network of 35 pubs where bands could play what they liked and this became the forerunner of punk.

Dave built a recording studio above the legendary Hope and Anchor Pub in Islington and with Jake Riveria started the most anarchic record label of all time and signed The Damned, Motorhead, The Pogues, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Tracey Ullman, The Plasmatics, Jona Lewie, Ian Dury & The Blockheads, Kirsty McColl, The Adverts, Any Trouble, Lene Lovich, Madness, Wreckless Eric, Larry Wallis, Richard Hell and many more.

After Stiff, Dave was installed as president of Island Records, where he oversaw the careers of U2, Robert Palmer, Stevie Winwood, & Frankie Goes to Hollywood. He personally compiled and marketed Bob Marley’s 44 million selling ‘Legend’ LP – the biggest selling reggae album in the World.

He also represented Rick Rubin running Def Jam Records and American Recordings outside North America working with Johnny Cash, the Black Crows, Slayer, Danzig and the Jayhawks.

Dave then ran The Famous Blue Note Club and Acid Jazz Label in London helping to launch the Drum and Bass dance movement.

He has been at the helm or in the mix of the most exciting and important musical developments and he is still active in the music industry as a consultant for various labels and projects – from Van Morrison for EMI to the Dubliners & Paul Carrack.- as well as keeping an eye on some of the most enduring repertoire the music industry has even seen.

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