In 1923 Compton Mackenzie changed the record business by founding his magazine The Gramophone. Within months, he tried to do it again by launching a label, the National Gramophonic Society, which would âaim at achieving for gramophone music what such societies as the Medici have done for the reproduction of paintings and for the printed book'.
Nick Morgan of the University of Sheffield chronicles the launch and eventual failure of the society, which tells us a great deal about this crucial period in the history of the British record scene.
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