What happened to EMI?

October 31 2019

Writer Eamonn Forde to join the 2020 edition of the by:Larm Conference

EMI RIP: WHY IT DIED AND WHAT HAPPENED NEXT
Just what actually happened to EMI? The British powerhouse was in its time one of the “Big Four” record labels, alongside Sony, Universal and Warner, with proud traditions dating back over a century and Beatles, Queen, Kate Bush and Coldplay on their roster. And then, in the matter of half a decade, it all crumbled down to nothing. The scraps were sold off at bargain prices.

In his new book, “The Final Days Of EMI: Selling the Pig”, Eamonn Forde approached the task of digging up EMI’s corpse and dissecting what actually happened to one of the greatest labels in the world. One of Great Britain’s most renowned and meticulous music journalists, Forde is coming to by:Larm’s conference programme to present his findings – and what the music industry can learn about staying in business from EMI’s downfall.