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The Label Founder – Beggar's Banquet's Martin Mills

Season 1, Ep. 2

We've all dreamed of starting a record label, but only one person has managed to do what Martin Mills has. The founding chairman of the Beggars Group, Martin's label – which started life as a mobile disco in the 1970s – is now the biggest independent record company in the world, and includes within it XL Recordings, Matador, 4AD, Young Turks and Rough Trade Records.

This is Martin's story of how he started a label that would go on to release records by Gary Numan, Pixies, Pavement, The Prodigy, Adele, Radiohead, Grimes, The National, Dizzee Rascal, The White Stripes and so many more.

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