Beggars Banquet Records

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Beggars Banquet Records
Parent companyBeggars Group
FounderMartin Mills, Nick Austin
Distributor(s)Beggars Group
Country of originUnited Kingdom
LocationWandsworth, London

Beggars Banquet is a British independent record label that began as a chain of record shops owned by Martin Mills and Nick Austin, and is part of the Beggars Group of labels.


In 1977, spurred by the prevailing DIY aesthetics of the British punk rock movement (then at the height of its popularity), Martin Mills and Nick Austin founded a record label to release records under the Beggars Banquet imprint.[1] The first band on the label was the English punk group the Lurkers; the first release on the label was the Lurkers' 7" single "Shadow"/"Love Story".[1] They also released the first solo "Duffo" album from Australian big-band vocalist Jeff Duff. Later in the decade and into the early 1980s, hits with Tubeway Army and Gary Numan secured the label's future.[1] They have since released music by Bauhaus, Biffy Clyro, Buffalo Tom, the Charlatans, the Carpettes, the Cult, Fields of the Nephilim, the Go-Betweens, the National and Tindersticks.

4AD, Matador Records, Rough Trade Records and XL Recordings are the four main labels that now form the group. The main offices are in the UK with a satellite office in New York City, US.

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  1. ^ a b c Colin Larkin (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Indie and New Wave Music. Guinness Publishing. ISBN 0-85112-579-4.

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