Richard Russell Shares Exclusive Extract From His Book ‘Liberation Through Hearing’

As you can probably imagine, XL Recordings boss Richard Russell has accumulated more than his fair share of stories to tell. His massively influential label has been home to some of the biggest stars and weirdest experimenters alike. A-listers like The Prodigy, Vampire Weekend, Basement Jaxx, M.I.A. and Adele have sat side-by-side with rave pioneers SL2, cut-up specialists The Avalanches, Thom Yorke’s solo outings, Gil-Scott Heron’s later works, Jai Paul’s reclusive experiments, King Krule’s croonings and even more esoteric releases. Basically, he has seen it all…


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