Beggars Group

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Beggars Group
Beggars Group Logo.jpg
Founded 1977
Founder Martin Mills
Distributor(s) PIAS (UK/Benelux)
Hostess (JP)
Genre Various
Country of origin United Kingdom
Location London
New York City
Los Angeles
Official website

Beggars Group is a British record company that owns or distributes several other labels, including 4AD, Rough Trade Records,[1] Matador Records,[2] and XL Recordings. The companies’ roots stem from the Beggars Banquet record shops, which first opened in 1973 with a shop in Earls Court, London.

In 1977, spurred by the prevailing DIY aesthetics of the British punk rock movement (then at the height of its popularity), the shop founders decided to join the fray as an independent label and release records under the Beggars Banquet imprint.[3] The first band on the label was English punk group The Lurkers; the first ever release on the label was The Lurkers' punk classic "Shadow"/"Love Story" 7" single.[3] Later in the decade and into the early '80s, hits with Tubeway Army and Gary Numan secured the label's future.[3] Beggars Banquet then went on to release music by Biffy Clyro, Buffalo Tom, The Charlatans, The Cult, The Go-Betweens, The National and Tindersticks.

Having since been trading for over three decades, Beggars Group remains owner-run (by Martin Mills) and its musical focus remains fiercely alternative. In 2008, the labels that form the group are 4AD, Matador Records, Rough Trade Records and XL Recordings. The company owns 4AD outright (this label also took on the rosters of two other Group owned labels, Beggars Banquet and Too Pure when they were mothballed in 2008) and retains a 50% stake in each of the others.

Martin Mills has become known as a fierce advocate for independent label rights, and testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust Competition Policy and Consumer Rights hearing against the Universal Music Group-EMI merger.[4] He was given the "Industry Icon" award by Billboard (magazine) at Midem in 2013.[5]

Current group artists[edit]

The labels that are part of The Beggars Group are home to a range of artists including:[6]

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