Cooking Vinyl Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records
Cooking Vinyl (a record label, nothing to do with homeware) has been a fixture of the British musical landscape for well over three decades now. Booted up out of a spare room in 1986 by Pete Lawrence and Martin Goldschmidt, the imprint initially specialised in folk and acoustic music. One of their notable early successes was Michelle Shocked’s ‘The Campfire Tapes’, an impromptu live tracking that Lawrence made at a folk festival which went on to shift more than 250,000 units. Since then Cooking Vinyl has grown to such an extent that it now hosts records by some of the world’s biggest acts - Marilyn Manson, Billy Bragg, Pulp and The Orb are just a handful of the artists who’ve released through the label down the years.
A big part of the Cooking Vinyl operation is the ‘artist services’ deals they cut with their acts. In a nutshell, these deals allow artists to keep hold of the copyrights for recordings they release through Cooking Vinyl. This stance has garnered the label a lot of good will and has made some of their signees particularly loyal - the aforementioned Bragg, for instance, has returned to Cooking Vinyl numerous times over the years.