The book is written by esteemed music journalist Stevie Chick (a founder of Loose Lips Sinks Ships as well as long term NME scribe and current contributor to the Guardian, Mojo etc and author of books on Black Flag and Sonic Youth, amongst others) and includes exclusive interviews with key artists and label staff. Its 192 pages are also lavishly illustrated with original photographs, illustrations and flyers plundered from the depths of Ninja Tune and their artists' archives.
Ninja Tune: 20 Years of Beats & Pieces is the latest in Black Dog Publishing’s Labels Unlimited series. This visually engaging book is the first survey of this unique independent record label that focuses on electronic dance music.
Celebrating their twentieth anniversary in 2010, Ninja Tune have been dedicated to publishing inspiring electronic music for the past two decades. The label was established by two friends Matt Black and Jonathan More, who wanted a new label for their venture Coldcut. The label’s discography encompasses a wide range of contemporary music: The Cinematic Orchestra; Roots Manuva; Mr Scruff; Steinski; Amon; Kid Koala; The Herbaliser— and these are just some of the classics. The book tells the story of the record label, the artists themselves, their art and the ways in which their influence was and is felt in the larger culture.
The book displays a visual discography, is lavishly illustrated with historic photography, and includes exclusive interviews with the label’s artists, and the minds who shaped the roster. It’s the story of a tiny label surviving and thriving while the majors run aground, the story of a unique vision and an all-embracing approach, championing the creativity of their artists at all costs. Ninja Tune appeal stretches far beyond Ninja Tune’s already-established legion of followers: making this a must-read for any music fan with even a passing interest in adventurous music, and the triumph of ideas, passion and guerrilla creativity in the face of a factory-tooled mainstream.