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AIM Independent Music Awards 2013

Amazon MP3: An Aim Independent Music Awards Partner

The Association of Independent Music hosts the Independent Music Awards for the third year with 36 different artists nominated. And this year we're delighted to play our part; the Special Catalogue Release of the Year will be presented in association with Amazon MP3! We're looking forward to finding out all the award winners on September 3, 2013.
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AIM Independent Music Awards 2013

Geoff Travis Wins Pioneer Award

Pioneer Award - Geoff Travis

Inspired by the City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco which encouraged visitors to hang out in the store as much as buy books, Geoff Travis opened the Rough Trade Record Shop in Ladbroke Grove in 1976. Within a year the Rough Trade Shop had become a hub for the burgeoning DIY and punk culture.

Rough Trade Records was born in 1978, releasing albums by The Fall, Aztec Camera and early electronic music pioneers such as Cabaret Voltaire as well as The Smiths and The Go Betweens.

After selling the label in the 80s Geoff set up the Blanco Y Negro label through Warner Brothers releasing Everything But The Girl and Jesus & Mary Chain among others. In 1999 he resurrected the Rough Trade Records label in partnership with good friend Jeannette Lee. Releases by The Strokes, The Libertines, The Hold Steady, The Decemberists and British Sea Power to name but a few have followed.

Billy Bragg Acknowledged for Outstanding Contribution to Music

Outstanding contribution to music - Billy Bragg

Essex-born Billy Bragg released mini-album Life’s a Riot With Spy Vs Spy in 1983, containing seven songs, honed live and bashed out over three days on a punk rock electric guitar. He famously persuaded John Peel to play a song on Radio 1 by delivering him a mushroom biryani to reception.

Over the past three decades the political singer-songwriter has released music from folk to punk rock and protest songs, and highlighting discrimination, grassroots activism and political issues to a wide audience.

In March 2013, the musician released his 15th album Tooth And Nail through Cooking Vinyl, drawing on soul, country and folk.

AIM Independent Music Awards 2013 Winners

Independent Label of the Year
Best Small Label
Indie Champion Award
  • Winner: Gilles Peterson – BBC Radio 1
  • Joe Sparrow – A Band A Day
  • John Kennedy - XFM
  • Lauren Laverne – BBC 6Music
  • Lawrence Montgomery – Rise Music
Best Independent Festival
  • Winner: In The Woods
  • Hebridean Celtic Festival
  • Leefest
  • Truck Festival
  • Y Not Festival