World Serpent Distribution
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
World Serpent Distribution was a British record label and music distribution house formed in February 1991 by David Gibson, Alan Trench and Alison Webster. Douglas Pearce of Death In June coined the company name in February 1991, the World Serpent being another name for Jörmungandr.
World Serpent was well known for distributing music by many post-industrial, apocalyptic folk, neofolk, avant-garde and otherwise esoteric or experimental artists, such as Death In June through New European Recordings|NER, Current 93 through Durtro, Sol Invictus through Tursa, Coil through Threshold House, Nurse With Wound through United Dairies,and many others. Many of these artists also ended up collaborating with or being influenced by one another, causing the World Serpent name to become synonymous with many of the artists and labels distributed through the company throughout the 1990s and into the early 2000s. It is testament to the legacy that World Serpent left behind, that they still provoke reaction, with people still debating about them, nearly a decade after they ceased to be. They pushed boundaries, broke new ground, and flew in the face of the music industry. World Serpent Distribution has been much copied and imitated, but never bettered or equaled. The legacy they left behind speaks for itself.
Alan Trench left World Serpent Distribution in January 2004, David Gibson left in June 2004, Alison Webster left in August 2004. It was officially confirmed in August 2004, that World Serpent Distribution was no longer operating, and had ceased trading. Misinformation and rumours of bankruptcy,liquidation, a court case that never was,had begun to circulate from certain quarters. Those in the know,knew this not to be the case.Neither the 3 directors,nor World Serpent itself, was ever the subject of a bankruptcy,liquidation, or an administration hearing. Nor did they ever lose a court case.Sadly, World Serpent Distribution had simply ceased trading.
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