Illegal Records

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Illegal Records
Illegal Records logo.jpg
Founded 1977
Founder Miles Copeland III, Stewart Copeland, Paul Mulligan
Status defunct since 1988
Genre Alternative rock, punk rock
Country of origin United States

Illegal Records is a record label founded by Miles Copeland III with his younger brother Stewart Copeland and the manager of The Police, Paul Mulligan[1] in 1977. The label released The Police's debut single, Fall Out.[2]

Copeland went on to sign more artists and start several other indie sublabels including Deptford Fun City Records, Step-Forward Records and Total Noise Records. He also launched the foreign divisions, France & Netherlands, that released some of the same titles with different catalog numbers, and some exclusive titles as well.

In 1979, after Copeland started I.R.S. Records, Illegal became its distributor in UK & Europe. It continued its operations until 1988, when it merged its operations with I.R.S.

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  1. ^ a b Paul Marko Popular music genres: an introduction - Google Books. books.google.com. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  2. ^ "The I.R.S. Records Story at Mr Bill's I.R.S. Records Corner: The history of I.R.S. Records!". www.irscorner.com. Retrieved 2010-01-08. [dead link]
  3. ^ Punk rock: so what? : the cultural ... - Google Books. books.google.com. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  4. ^ The Roxy London Wc2: A Punk History. The Roxy Club London:Punk, 2007, ISBN 0955658306. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 

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