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Press release: Pete Edwards Obituary18 June 2015

PETE EDWARDS

Before Beggars Banquet became a record label, they were a chain of record shops and concert promoters. Below their Fulham store was a basement, fitted out as a cheap rehearsal room that proved popular with young bands playing the London pub circuit at the birth of the punk explosion.

One such band was The Lurkers, a four piece from in and around Ickenham, West London. They had a ‘fifth’ member too, a school friend who had briefly been the singer but wasn’t overly enamored with rehearsing so instead became their driver, minder and sound man – he was Pete Edwards, also known as Plug.

Now managing the band, Beggars helped them to buy some gear and, more importantly, a van so they could get around the country. In 1977 and with no interest forthcoming from established labels, Beggars decided to release their first single, the Free Admission Single 7”,...

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Press release: With regards to Apple Music....17 June 2015

To Beggars Group Labels Artists and Managers:

We thought it was time to update you on the situation with Apple Music, following speculation in the press, some of it ill-informed. Apple have been a wonderful partner for the last decade, and we confidently trust they will continue to be so. We have recently been in discussions with Apple Music about proposed terms for their new service. In many ways the deal structure is very progressive, but unfortunately it was created without reference to us, or as far as we know any independents, and as such unsurprisingly presents problems for us, and for our coming artist releases. We are naturally very concerned, especially for artists releasing new albums in the next three months, that all streaming on the new service will be unremunerated until the end of September. Whilst we understand the logic of their proposal and their aim to introduce...

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Press release: RIP Pete Edwards 8 June 2015

We’ve just received the very sad news that our dear Pete Edwards passed away over the weekend, after a long illness.

Pete Edwards, aka Plug the Roadie, originally came to us through, and worked with, The Lurkers, our very first band, and went on to tour the world as tour manager and sound man for Bauhaus and Love and Rockets, becoming legendary in the process.

After leaving the road he, became buildings manager at Beggars, and was our rock until he fell ill.

Pete was a fundamental part of the history and fabric of Beggars, and we and I will
miss him greatly.

On the day of his funeral, Beggars’ London Alma Road offices will be closed in respect.

Martin Mills.

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