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They Could Have Been Bigger Than EMI 3rd Edition Part 1 (2913)
3rd Edition Part 1 (2013) Europe

They Could Have Been Bigger Than EMI 3rd Edition Part 2 (2015)
3rd Edition Part 2 (2015) America, Australia, Asia, Africa

A discography of now defunct independent record labels that released vinyl

Hey collector nerds and music fans,
This are the newest editions of my books.
Everything is growing and growing, so there was a need to put this 1.300 pages into 2 books. It takes 6 to 8 years to finish a kinda status quo to the 2nd edition.

3rd edition Part 1 (end of 2013)
694 pages, paperback
Over 4.300 labels from Europe
New Wave / Punk / Hardcore / Garage / Indie Pop / Avantgarde ....
Over 3.800 pictures (label logos, covers)

ISBN 978-3-943059-07-6

3rd edition Part 2 (2015)
646 pages, paperback
Over 4.700 labels from America / Australia / Asia / Africa
New Wave / Punk / Hardcore / Garage / Indie Pop / Avantgarde ....
Over 3.900 pictures (label logos, covers)
ISBN 978-3-943059-06-3

Here you can find the foreword to the last book

Here you can find some example pages

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They Could Have Been Bigger than EMI Part 1: Europe By Joachim Gaertner, 693 pgs.
It’s easy to take for granted what the Internet has replaced until something like this plops itself into your lap. In a world where pretty much everything one wants to know about anything is a few clicks away, and with websites like discogs.com more or less covering the same ground as this tome, it’s only natural that one is gonna question why anyone would bother with writing, let alone reading something like this. What “this” is, is a mammoth listing of releases from independent European record labels specializing in punk and related genres, thousands of ‘em—from +1 Records to ZZO Recordings—hailing from Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Norway, the UK, and so on. I perused the book, more than a little overwhelmed at the sheer volume of information contained and kind of sat for a while, tying to figure out just how one “reviews” such a thing. I don’t think you can, outside of marveling at the amount of work that clearly went into putting it together. What one can do, however, is plumb through it, pick a random release by a random band and see if there is any trace of ‘em on YouTube or the elsewhere on the web. Repeat. I’d never heard of Mets, but their Klik EP on Finland’s S.A. Records is blasting away as I type this. Ditto for the Fender Benders’ 1979 “Big Green Thing” single on Sticky. Which dovetails back to where I started: It’s easy to take for granted what the Internet has replaced. On a platform where one can easily look up information about something they want to know about, it’s also become that much more difficult to find, let alone be exposed to, things one knows diddly squat about. Books like this are an easy remedy for that.
Jimmy Alvarado , Razorcake #83

Indie-label navel-gazing Websites such as Discogs and 45cat are an invaluable source of online information for collectors looking to clarify release dates and tracklistings, while giving visitors the chance to see record labels, sleeves and catalogue numbers. For many of us, however, they could never beat the instant access to vital information afforded by having a book in your hands. First printed in 2005, They Could Have Been Bigger Than EMI features comprehensive indie-label discographies and is now on its third edition. Last revised in 2007, this latest incarnation is so large that it now has to be split into two volumes; this first part deals with European labels, the second will focus on non-European ones. It’s addictive stuff, and pleasing to see the Factory and Factory Benelux output given their own two-page spread. There are a vast number of entries on one off-labels, too, from Scotland’s GBH imprint to Germany’s Raubbau. As well as being a fantastic research tool, Gaertner has found space in this edition for 3,800 pictures, ranging from neo-60s Swedish releases to the UK’s mod revival. Like Mario Panciera’s 45 Revolutions, this is essential. Ian Shirle, Record Collector

Så er endelig tredje utgave av dette eminente oppslagsverket kommet ut. For de som ikke har vært borti denne boken før, så er det kort fortalt oversikt over utgivelser på uavhengige nedlagte plateselskap som har utgitt vinyl. Denne boka har nå blitt så stor at Joachim Gaertner har måttet dele den i to utgaver. Tidligere utgaver hadde hele verden i en bok, nå kommer Europa i egen, da det er flest labler herfra. Resten av verden kommer i bokform til høsten en gang. Europa boken inneholder 700 sider med 4300 label diskografier (av disse er over 100 norske labler!!) og er illustrert med 3800 logo/cover. Boken er en dobbel murstein og er en selvfølge i ethvert hjem hvor labelsamling er en livsnødvendighet. Ja dette er en nerdebok for platesamlere som virkelig har fordypet seg i oppgaven. Men for de som faller inn under den kategorien er boken en livsnødvendighet. Boken er skrevet på engelsk og er meget pent satt opp slik at det er lett å finne fram i den. For eksempel på hvordan den ser ut inni, sjekk her. Kan være lurt å kjøpe Europa utgaven nå for det er jo ikke sikkert opplaget varer til høsten når del 2 kommer ut. 1 og 2 opplagene er forlengst utsolgt men innholdet er selvsagt inkorporert i denne 3 utgaven. Musikk fra Norge blog, April1, 2014