Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages
Rock's Backpages

Empire of the Sun: Island at 50

Tom Doyle, Q, June 2009

The grand scheme of a gambler with a taste for chicken blood, Jamaican label Island Records introduced Bob Marley and U2 to the world. On its 50th anniversary, founder Chris Blackwell looks back at the most influential independent label ever.

Total word count of piece: 3481