Island Records, the legendary label founded by Chris Blackwell in Kingston, Jamaica in 1959 and a home to such heavyweight artists as Bob Marley, Tom Waits, U2, Nick Drake, PJ Harvey and Amy Winehouse, mark its 50th anniversary in May.
To mark the occasion - which is being celebrated with a series of shows at London's Shepherds Bush Empire - Q tells the Island Records story in the latest edition of the magazine (Q275), on sale on April 28, 2009.
Our online contribution to this magnificent half-century is a trawl through the label's photographic archives with an array of images - some rarely seen - from the vaults. You can see shots of some of the label's biggest stars including Bob Marley, Amy Winehouse and U2, as well as photographs of the label's founder. And not to be missed is a fabulous shot of Nick Drake, from his family's archive. Enjoy.
4:19 PM | 27/04/2009
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