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Weʼre raising £4,410 to have a commemorative plaque put up by Westminster Council outside Britain's first gramophone recording studio on Maiden Lane, Covent Garden.

London, UK
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In 1898, a group of pioneering music enthusiasts working for The Gramophone Company opened Britain's first gramophone recording studio in the basement smoking-room of an old hotel at 31 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden. On rudimentary equipment in this improvised studio, the men captured sound and pressed some of the earliest records. 31 Maiden Lane now houses a pizza parlour called Fire & Stone, and nowhere on the building is there mention of its rich heritage. It seems perverse that the only round things celebrated in this building are the pizzas (delicious though they may be). I want to raise the £3,500 +VAT and fees needed to fund a Westminster Council green plaque to mark the building's crucial and someone secret role in launching what is now a £4.4bn industry. The Gramophone Company went on to to merge with Columbia to become EMI, and within decades it had moved to far more illustrious premises on Abbey Road.... The early days of the recorded music industry have always fascinated me and are the subject of my novel, The Industry of Human Happiness.

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  • Jonathan Holmes

    Jonathan Holmes

    Aug 17, 2018

    This is a wonderful idea - I can't wait to see the plaque when it's installed!

    £10.00

  • James Hall

    James Hall

    Aug 9, 2018

    From Royal London Asset Management towards the Maiden Lane plaque.

    £1,000.00

  • Quite Interesting Ltd

    Quite Interesting Ltd

    Aug 7, 2018

    £250.00

  • Sarah Hampson

    Sarah Hampson

    Aug 4, 2018

    Great cause James! Good luck

  • Wag

    Wag

    Aug 4, 2018

    Good luck, James! 😃

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Aug 4, 2018

    £20.00

  • James Hall

    James Hall

    Aug 3, 2018

    From the EMI Archive Trust to help mark 31 Maiden Lane's pivotal role in the birth and development of the recorded music industry.

    £2,000.00

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