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Always in Trouble
An Oral History of ESP-Disk’, the Most Outrageous Record Label in America
Jason Weiss


2012 • 304 pp. 42 illus. 6 x 9"

$25.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-7159-5
$75.00 Hardcover, 978-0-8195-7158-8

$19.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7160-1

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You never heard such sounds in your life

In 1964, Bernard Stollman launched the independent record label ESP-Disk’ in New York City to document the free jazz movement there. A bare-bones enterprise, ESP was in the right place at the right time, producing albums by artists like Albert Ayler, Pharoah Sanders, and Sun Ra, as well as folk-rock bands like the Fugs and Pearls Before Swine. But the label quickly ran into difficulties and, due to the politically subversive nature of some productions and sloppy business practices, it folded in 1974. Always in Trouble tells the story of ESP-Disk’ through a multitude of voices—first Stollman’s, as he recounts the improbable life of the label, and then the voices of many of the artists involved.

To view a complete discography of ESP-Disk’s records, visit this webpage:

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“Best Books of 2012” by the New York City Jazz Record (2012) Commendation

JASON WEISS is a freelance writer, editor, and translator. His books include Steve Lacy: Conversations and Back in No Time: The Brion Gysin Reader. Weiss lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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