Red Bull Music Academy unveil For the Record

To celebrate 15 years in the business, RBMA are releasing a book to be remembered by.

RBMA's For the Record
RBMA's For the Record

It’s been a big year for the Red Bull Music Academy: a month-long takeover of New York, stages at cutting-edge festivals, weekenders in major cities, lectures around the world and, coming soon, the UK’s top clubbing institutions ensconced in the capsules of the EDF Energy London Eye for a head-spinning rave at Revolutions in Sound.

And now there’s something to hold on to for posterity – a physical artifact by which to remember RBMA’s impressive work: a natty new hardback book called For the Record.

Following in the same vein as RBMA’s pairing-up of established artists and fully-fledged legends with newcomers and fringe music-makers, For the Record brings together top artists and industry insiders for a series of compelling conversations.

RBMA's For the Record
RBMA's For the Record

The success of RBMA’s lectures and on-stage Q&As were obviously a big inspiration, but anyone who’s ever seen Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes – in which the Wu-Tang Clan talk openly about dreams with Bill Murray and Jack and Meg White discuss Nikola Tesla – will understand the joy of a free-flowing conversation between artists.

The subjects, who sat down in cities around the world to riff on a range of topics including rhythm and concept, include Nile Rodgers and Martyn Ware, Adrian Sherwood and Lee "Scratch" Perry, Matias Aguayo and Sly & Robbie, Ben UFO and DJ Harvey, Cosey Fanni Tutti and Nik Void, Modeselektor and Mykki Blanco, and Erykah Badu and The Underachievers.

Top music writers including Philip Sherburne, Joe Muggs and Sheryl Garratt have also given their tuppence worth, writing essays about the personalities involved. And design by Chris Rehberger’s Double Standards means it’ll look mighty impressive when unwrapped at Christmas.

Here for more on the book.

As a taster for the main event, enjoy a conversation between Ata and Trevor Jackson.

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Lee "Scratch" Perry and Adrian Sherwood
Lee "Scratch" Perry and Adrian Sherwood