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The Best Indie Labels Of All Time
4. Rough Trade
Originally operating as a record shop from 1976 under the management of Geoff Travis, Rough Trade branched out into distribution, releasing a range of independent records via The Cartel, a co-operative of labels. Their most famous signing was The Smiths, who released all their albums on the label. Rough Trade distribution folded in 1991, but the label relaunched in 2000 and released material by The Strokes and The Libertines among many others. First release: Metal Urbain - Paris Maquis in 1977.