Island Records Founder Chris Blackwell Signs Books in Georgetown

December 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

Chris Blackwell at Govinda Gallery in Georgetown

Chris Blackwell, founder of the most successful indie label in music history, was at Govinda Gallery in Georgetown yesterday, signing copies of his new book Keep On Running: The Story of Island Records. But one of the most notable signatures he scribbled was not even on that big coffee table book. A copy of the Wailers’ Catch a Fire with the original LP (long play) cover was thrust in front of him by proud owner Cary Scott, who’d found it in near mint condition, stashed in the back of a record store in Washington, DC. Mr. Blackwell was suitably impressed; it is one of only 12 original copies left in the world, and in the best condition he’d ever seen one.

Chris Blackwell with original Wailers LP cover

The event itself was filled with Georgetown residents, fans, and a smattering of music promoters and other music industry insiders. Blackwell’s Island Records also signed Jimmy Cliff, Grace Jones, and U2, but DC residents might be surprised to learn that he briefly dabbled in Go-Go music. In his book, Blackwell talks about his initial fascination with the go-go sound, and his work in the 80s with DC go-go group Trouble Funk. Keep On Running is available online and in bookstores around the nation. More photos below. Bless…

Chris Blackwell chats with a fan

Chris Blackwell and friends Louise Fraboni, Dermot Hussey and Dera Tompkins

Chris Blackwell

Chris Blackwell signs a book for Dera Tompkins

Chris Blackwell with George Michailow and Gallery owner Chris Murray

Chris Blackwell embraces Dermot Hussey as Louise Fraboni and Chris Murray look on

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