ASYLUM RECORDS is an American record label founded in 1971 by David
Geffen and partner
Elliot Roberts . It was taken over by Warner
Communications (now the
Warner Music Group
After various incarnations, today it is geared primarily towards hip-hop , along with rock and alternative metal . It is owned by Warner Music Group, and is currently distributed through Atlantic Records .
* 1 Company history
* 1.1 Formation
* 1.2 Merger with
* 2 See also * 3 References
Asylum was founded in 1971 by
David Geffen , and partner Elliot
Roberts , who had previously worked as agents at the William Morris
Agency , and operated a folk /rock label. They had previously founded
their own management company. Geffen was unable to get a recording
contract for their client
Although they knew they would sign Browne, the first act that Geffen
asked to join the label was his close friend
Laura Nyro , whose career
he was managing at the time. Nyro agreed, but without Geffen's
knowledge she changed her mind and re-signed with
Asylum's early releases were distributed by Atlantic Records. The
same year, Asylum signed
Linda Ronstadt , John David Souther , Judee
Joni Mitchell and
Glenn Frey (whom Geffen encouraged to form
the Eagles , with
Don Henley ,
Bernie Leadon , and
Randy Meisner .) In
1972, then folk-based singer/songwriter
Tom Waits signed with the
label, releasing his debut, Closing Time , in 1973. His seventh and
final album for the label,
Heartattack and Vine , was released in
Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman
John Fogerty signed
with the label in 1974. The biggest coup for Asylum was signing Bob
Dylan , who had been with
MERGER WITH ELEKTRA RECORDS
Logo after the Elektra-Asylum merger
Asylum was taken over by
Warner Communications in 1973, and merged
By the early 1980s, although the copyright lines on albums still read "Elektra/Asylum Records" or "Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records", Elektra was becoming the more prominent of the two labels with Asylum turning into a secondary imprint. By the middle of the decade, the company was unofficially calling itself Elektra Records, and in 1989 it was renamed Elektra Entertainment. By this time Asylum's remaining acts had been shifted to the Elektra roster, although catalog recordings and reissues continued to be sold with the Asylum label on them.
Asylum was reformatted into a Country music label, still operated by
Elektra, in 1992. Under the new format, Asylum scored successful
recordings by such acts as
In 2003, Mike Curb , head of Curb Records , revived the Nashville division of Asylum, forming a new label known as Asylum-Curb. LeAnn Rimes , Clay Walker , Lee Brice , Rio Grand , Hank Williams, Jr. and Wynonna are among the artists on the Asylum-Curb division.
After being dormant for several years,
* ^ Mark Bego,
Joni Mitchell (Lanham, MD, 2005, ISBN
978-1-58979-134-3 ), p. 106.
* ^ A B Kort, Michele. Soul Picnic: The Music and Passion of Laura
Nyro. Google Books. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
* ^ A B C Lacy, Susan. "American Masters". Inventing David Geffen.
PBS. Retrieved November 24, 2012.
* ^ Gilbert, Matthew (November 20, 2012). "‘American Masters’
profiles mogul David Geffen". The Boston Globe.
* ^ Gay, Verne (November 19, 2012). "\'American Masters: Inventing
David Geffen\' review". Newsday.
* ^ https://www.discogs.com/label/33574-Asylum-Records
* ^ Ruble, Dave (2003-01-29). "
Mike Curb to revive Asylum".
Nashville Post. Retrieved 2007-11-22.
* ^ Anonymous (30 March 2009). "
Todd Moscowitz Joins Warner Bros.
Records". Business Wire. Business Wire. Business Wire. Retrieved 15
* ^ "
Todd Moscowitz Joins
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